Officers back from Olympics

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DOZENS of North East police officers are home from their Olympic duty.

About 130 staff from Durham Police were drafted in to help with security at the games over the last two weeks.

Just under half of those who went have returned, while others are remaining in London to provide support for the Paralympics.

Beat officers and specialists including public order teams, dog handlers and firearms officers from the region were on duty in the capital.

Force chiefs put a series of measures, including restricting annual leave and non-essential training, to minimise the impact on policing across County Durham.

“We were proud to be able to support the national policing operation for London 2012 while maintaining an effective police service at home,” said assistant chief constable Michael Banks.

“The officers who went volunteered to go. Their tours of duty have meant long days away from home, but they all report they have had a fantastic experience, showing great pride in being part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”