200 local police officers to get Olympic beat

AROUND 200 police officers from South Yorkshire will be sent to London for the security operation surrounding the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Around 130 bobbies and 60 specialist officers will be deployed to the capital for the event, which runs from July 27 to September 9, although the number could grow.

Police chiefs have warned officers that annual leave over the summer will be affected and additional officers may be sent for.

South Yorkshire’s former Chief Constable Med Hughes looked at the number of officers that police forces had available across the country and suggested the number needed for the sporting event.

The county’s officers are experienced at policing large crowds and ran successful operations to oversee protests in Sheffield during the Liberal Democrat spring conference in the city in March.

In a report on policing plans for next summer, Assistant Chief Constable Max Sahota said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games is an iconic event for the UK and the event is expected to generate considerable interest by the public worldwide as well as attracting large crowds to related events in South Yorkshire and the region.

“In the run-up to the main Olympic and Paralympics competitions, several Olympic athlete training camps will be based in Sheffield, including elements of the US diving team.

“Planning for the security of the US team is well under way with South Yorkshire Police working with organisers to ensure security arrangements are in place.

“South Yorkshire Police’s mutual aid commitment out of force to the Olympic and Paralympic competition period will amount to around 130 uniformed officers and 60 specialist officers.

“However, this number may grow, dependent upon the threat and risk assessment related to the Games.”