Safe And Secure Games Delivered To Date In Dorset
8:32am 15th August 2012
The senior police officer in charge of Dorset’s Olympic safety operation has praised the ‘fantastic’ contribution of the public and partners.
ACC Adrian Whiting said: “So far, the success of the safety and security operation has been down to the vigilance of local communities and visitors, and to the hard work and commitment of our police officers, police staff, and partners.
“It’s been great to see the success of Team GB and other participating nations and hopefully this will be repeated during the Paralympics in a! couple of weeks time.
“Our safety operation will, of course, continue and we remain completely focused on ensuring a safe and secure Paralympic Games.
“Dorset continues to be one of the safest places in the country – the Olympic period has been no different. Our initial assessment is that crime levels have been lower than for the same period last year, reflecting the continued downward trend over several years.
“The support we’ve had from local communities for the safety and security operation has been fantastic. They’ve ensured that the 15 days of Olympic events in Dorset have been embraced, enjoyed and celebrated in safety.
“I would also like to recognise the significant contribution made by officers and staff from 35 other police forces. The fact that the operation has gone so seamlessly demonstrates the professionalism of the British police service.
“However, whilst we’ve had significant mutual aid for the Olympics, neighbourhood policing teams have continued to focus on local priorities and on dealing with the things that matter to the people of Dorset.
“It’s going to continue to be a busy summer period for Dorset’s public services with a number of significant local events and activities coming up.
“The Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole Local Resilience Forum is focused on a number o f big events this month including the Bournemouth Air Festival, The Great Dorset Steam Fair, The Dorset County Show and the Paralympic sailing events. All of these are happening at the same time.
“Communities should, however, be reassured by the continued commitment of all local partners to keep Dorset safe.”
Chair of the Dorset Police Authority, Michael Taylor, said: "On behalf of all members and officers of the Dorset Police Authority, I congratulate Dorset Police on a first cl! ass Olympic safety operation, aided by the contribution from 35 other police forces, our local partners and the public. The detailed planning and implementation of the overall policing operation have been exemplary."