Filey police on duty at London’s 2012 games

Officers from North Yorkshire, including police based in Filey, picured on duty at the London games
Officers from North Yorkshire, including police based in Filey, picured on duty at the London games

Police officers from Filey have been drafted in to help the Metropolitan Police at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Forces from across the country have contributed to the planned policing operation including officers from across the North Yorkshire Police force area.

Speaking at the recent opening of the new police unit in the Evron Centre, officers confirmed that colleagues from 
Filey had been sent to the capital to help the Metropolitan Police maintain safety at the two international sporting events.

At the time of going to press no details were available regarding numbers from Filey and the rest of the borough.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “North Yorkshire Police is proud to have supplied 172 officers from across the force, including officers based at Filey, to assist with the policing on the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as part of the national celebration of sport.

“The officers carried out a wide range of duties to support the overall safe delivery of the games, which included public reassurance and high visibility security patrols in key locations.”

Olympic celebrations began with the start of the Torch Relay on May 18, through to the official opening of the Games on July 27 and will continue until Sunday with the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

Insp Andy Short, who is due to take over as Filey’s inspector in November, was involved in the planning and said it needed officers with particular skills such as close protection, armed response, public order, marine staff and dog handlers.

He said: “It’s gone very well. We started planning it about a year ago.”

Officers who took part were in London for anything 
between a week to 18 days at a time and initially organisers asked for volunteers.

He added: “We knew what we needed to do. It was a reasonable request and it was nothing that we couldn’t manage. It didn’t leave areas short.”

A spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers said that the service was committed to ensuring the Games were safe and secure from all threats yet were policed in a proportionate manner.