84 Fife cops sent to help at Olympics
Published 4 Aug 2012 11:00 5 Comments
A TOTAL of 84 Fife police officers have gone to London to help ensure the safety and security of the Olympic Games.
Members of the force headed south as part of mutual aid, the lending of officers from one force to another to meet extraordinary demands.
The Fife contingent is made up mainly of constables - all are volunteers - as well as close protection officers, specialist search officers and those from the armed response unit.
A spokesman said, "This has been planned for months and has nothing to do with the staffing issues suffered by G4S.
"We were always going down anyway to help out."
It's expected that up to 9000 police officers a day will be on duty in London and Prime Minister David Cameron described the policing of the Games as the "biggest security operation in our peacetime history".
Every force in the country was required to assist and detailed planning called for to ensure there were enough police officers to patrol their home patch.
Another member of Fife Constabulary has gone to London to be part of the International Liaison Unit, a joint unit formed by the Foreign Office, the Metropolitan police, the Ministry of Defence and other government agencies.
Its remit is to liaise with security representatives, embassy staff and diplomats from more than 200 foreign countries and brief them on safety and security at the Games and any pertinent international issues that arise.
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