WITH the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games just days away, Warwickshire Police says they are proud to be a part of such a huge policing operation.
But they want the message to the people who live, work in and visit Warwickshire to be clear - normal policing services in the county will not be affected.
Neil Brunton, Deputy Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police, said: “The policing plan for the Olympics, both at a national level and regionally has been developed over a number of years, with the detailed schedule being in place for many months.
“Regionally Warwickshire is working with our police colleagues from Staffordshire, West Mercia and West Midlands Police, and with our partner agencies in the other emergency services and local authorities to support the Olympic football at the City of Coventry Stadium, while nationally we have officers in London and other parts of the country.
“In order to fulfil our commitment to the Olympic policing plan, while ensuring it is ‘business as usual’ within Warwickshire we put a leave embargo in place, and have also cancelled non essential training Our alliance with West Mercia Police also provides increased resilience to both forces. The result is that we have an optimum number of resources available to police the county and for Olympic duties.
“It has also meant that recent requirements to provide additional security at Olympic venues in the region have been possible, without affecting our normal level of policing.
“The successful policing operation for the Olympic Torch Relay in Warwickshire, which saw much larger crowds than expected was an excellent forerunner for the Olympic Games themselves, and enabled us to put our shared working practices with regional colleagues and partner agencies into operation.
“Policing the Olympic Games will be a once in a lifetime experience for many and Warwickshire Police is proud to be part of the team that will be showcasing the best of British Policing to the world.”
*TIPS TO HELP YOU ENJOY THE OLYMPIC FOOTBALL AT THE CITY OF COVENTRY STADIUM*
As the clock counts down to the start of the Olympic Games, the West Midlands region will be in the spotlight with the very first events of the sporting tournament taking place at the City of Coventry stadium.
Spectators from across the world will be arriving at the football stadium in Coventry and Warwickshire Police is issuing the following advice:
· Plan your journey and leave plenty of time to get to the venue. There will be extra traffic as you get nearer to your venue and there are likely to be delays. Many people will be unfamiliar with the area. Visit the http://www.london2012.com/spectators/travel/ to find the best route.
· Be aware of parking restrictions near to the City of Coventry Stadium. A free shuttle bus will run from Coventry Railway Station to the City of Coventry Stadium, further details on how to get to the stadium are available on http://www.london2012.com/venue/city-of-coventry-stadium/travel/ and http://www.london2012.com/venue/city-of-coventry-stadium/maps
· Be prepared for security checks when you arrive at the venue. Check http://www.london2012.com/venue/city-of-coventry-stadium/ for recommended arrival times.
· Bring as little as possible with you. The more you bring with you, the longer it will take to get through the security check at the entrance.
· Read the lists of prohibited and restricted items http://www.london2012.com/spectators/visiting/safety-and-security/ before you set off. You cannot bring in liquids over 100mls – including water. You will be able to buy refreshments inside the stadium, and you can bring your own food – so long as it fits inside your bag.
· Advisory notices have been in place on main routes in and around Coventry for some weeks, but if your journey to work takes you near to the City of Coventry Stadium be prepared for delays on match days and consider using alternative routes.
· Local radio will carry travel reports, and West Midlands Police and Warwickshire Police will be issuing up to the minute information on social network sites including Twitter. Check out @warkspolice and @wmpolice
Remember this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Enjoy the sporting festivities, the triumphs and spectacle.
For all London2012 Olympic information visit: http://www.london2012.com/