Durham officers to police Olympics

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NORTH East officers are heading to London to police the Olympic Games.

Overseen by Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, the National Olympic Security Co-ordinator, 52 forces have worked together to resource the national policing operation, which begins on June 4 and runs until September 16.

Durham is supporting the largest-ever pre-planned policing operation in the UK by providing officers to assist for a total of 60 days.

The commitment will vary each day, ranging from a maximum of 68 officers to two on individual days.

In total, about 130 individual officers from Durham will contribute to keeping the games safe and secure.

Some of those going include specialists such as public order officers, search teams, dog handlers, authorised firearms officers and police motorcyclists.

The force has been putting in place arrangements to ensure core policing across County Durham will remain unaffected during the games.

“I can reassure our local communities that policing across the force area will be very much business as usual during the games,” said Assistant Chief Constable Michael Banks.