South Yorkshire officers on their marks for Olympics

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A TOTAL of 619 police officers from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire are being sent to London during the Olympics.

The 105-day operation begins on June 4 and runs until September 16.

South Yorkshire Police will provide 366 officers over a 99-day period, while 253 Derbyshire officers will be deployed on 101 days.

The majority from South Yorkshire will be general beat officers.

Specialists will be sent from a number of South Yorkshire departments, including marine, public order, mounted and the dog unit, while search, firearms and protection officers will also go.

Derbyshire Constabulary’s specialists are protection officers, firearms specialists, dog handlers, search teams and public order officers.

South Yorkshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Max Sahota said: “South Yorkshire Police is proud to support what will be the largest ever peacetime security and policing operation in the UK.

“Resourcing demands on the force and the rest of the police service will be challenging but I want to reassure our communities that policing in South Yorkshire will not be disrupted as a result.

“Annual leave has been restricted to ensure sufficient numbers of officers remain on duty in the county.

“This is not something we could sustain long term but is achievable for the duration of the game”

Derbyshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “The people of Derbyshire should see no difference at all in the levels of policing.

“Although some of our officers are helping in other areas of the country our core policing will not suffer. Time off for officers has been limited so we can cover the gaps left by those who are working specifically on Olympic duties.”