Hundreds of officers are preparing for the largest ever policing operation at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Cleveland and Durham Police along with 49 other forces are taking part in the operation. Cleveland Police will provide officers for a total of 63 days out of the 105 day event.
Throughout the games, there will be approximately 333 officers from the forces who will contribute to ensuring that the games are safe and secure.
The majority of officers at the games will generally be beat officers; however, there will also be specialist skilled officers such as: public order officers, search teams, dog handlers, authorised firearms officers and police motorcyclists.
Assistant Commissioner Allison said: “All 51 forces are playing a role to deliver a fantastic summer of celebration, yet our planning has also ensured that our core policing continues, keeping our communities safe.”
“In addition, we maintain our regional resilience, able to manage major incidents or investigations and respond to contingencies outside of the Games wherever necessary.”
“The summer of 2012 will be a busy and challenging time for the British police service, but with confidence and pride I can say that we have the officers we need to keep the Games and our wider communities safe and secure.”
Assistant Chief Constable Sean White, of Cleveland Police, said: “The force is pleased to be involved in policing the Games and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the torch to Cleveland.”
“We have arranged our mutual aid so that, should any matters arise in Cleveland, we have the appropriate support to deal with any issues.”