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More than 100 Cheshire Police officers needed for the Olympics
12:00pm Monday 28th May 2012 in News
CHESHIRE Police has been taking part in national plans for security at the Olympic Games.
Officers will take part in 101 days of policing the international event between June 4 and September 16, with 232 set to be involved.
It means up to 119 officers from Cheshire Police will be required on certain days, including those with specialist skills.
Ass Chf Con Janette McCormick is orchestrating their deployment and said the reduced numbers will not effect policing in the area.
“I want to reassure Cheshire residents and businesses that during this time of unprecedented demand on policing services that we will continue to deliver a robust response to incidents of crime and disorder, whilst providing staff who will play their part in the national policing effort for the Olympics,” she said.
To lessen the impact annual leave has been cancelled for police during this period, while non-essential training has been postponed.
Ass Chf Con Janette McCormick said: “I want to send a clear message to anyone who believes that our response to criminal activity will be diminished that this is not the case and anyone who commits a crime will be dealt with robustly.
"We will continue to response effectively and deal with issues that arise in our communities efficiently.
“People may see fewer officers attending community meetings, going into schools or attending community events, but residents can rest assured that our response will be equal to our response at any other time of the year.