Hampshire police officers to have rest days cancelled for Olympic road cycling event

Daily Echo: Police to have rest days cancelled for Olympic event Police to have rest days cancelled for Olympic event

Hampshire police officers will have their rest days cancelled this weekend to step in and help police the Olympic cycle road race.

The last minute deployment comes after the alarm was raised yesterday when G4S revealed it could not fulfil its requirement to provide security for the event in Surrey.

An email was sent to hundreds of police officers in the county asking for volunteers who are not already on duty in Hampshire this weekend to cancel their day off and help.

It's believed the plea for the help of 50 officers came from bosses in Surrey to the head of operations in Hampshire, Chief Superintendent Chris Shead.

However the Daily Echo understands the force will be looking to recover the cost - by billing the Home Office for every officer.

Hampshire police this morning said it was confident it could provide the required number of officers as it had been planning for the Olympics for many years.

However the late notice has been criticised by the police federation chairman John Apter, who said that the police were effectively bailing out G4s for their “incompetence”.

He said; “Operationally we have been planning for several years for covering the Olympics but now we are finding ourselves having to treat this almost like a critical incident because G4S are either incompetent or they have bitten off far more than they can chew.

“First it was the military and now the police are having to bail them out.”

He added: “What concerns me is that this is a company that wants to take on major parts of policing and the public should be asked if they have the confidence in them to deliver.”

A spokesman for Hampshire police said: “We can confirm that we have received a request to provide officers to support the policing of Olympic venues in Surrey this weekend.

“In response to this request, Hampshire Constabulary is sending officers to cover one shift between Friday and Sunday this week.

“Resilience to the policing service to the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will not be affected. The officers selected were all on scheduled rest days.

“We are not able to discuss numbers of officers deployed on a daily basis for security reasons.”

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11:48am Wed 25 Jul 12

good-gosh says...

They will benefit from white parasols and pith helmets.
They will benefit from white parasols and pith helmets. good-gosh
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12:09pm Wed 25 Jul 12

bazzeroz says...

good-gosh wrote:
They will benefit from white parasols and pith helmets.
I thought the g'ment have always taken the 'pith'.
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: They will benefit from white parasols and pith helmets.[/p][/quote]I thought the g'ment have always taken the 'pith'. bazzeroz
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12:10pm Wed 25 Jul 12

elvisimo says...

All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?
All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever? elvisimo
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12:18pm Wed 25 Jul 12

mooky9 says...

elvisimo wrote:
All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?
Whilst I agree she will never make Mensa in a million years I think it's a bit harsh to just blame her. Labour were in charge when all this started up and they were the ones who signed up the ever amazing G4S to provide security. So equal blame to both the parties and we may as well blame the libs cos they are rubbish all the time.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?[/p][/quote]Whilst I agree she will never make Mensa in a million years I think it's a bit harsh to just blame her. Labour were in charge when all this started up and they were the ones who signed up the ever amazing G4S to provide security. So equal blame to both the parties and we may as well blame the libs cos they are rubbish all the time. mooky9
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12:21pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Shoong says...

elvisimo wrote:
All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?
Even as a Conservative I have asked myself this many times.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?[/p][/quote]Even as a Conservative I have asked myself this many times. Shoong
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1:08pm Wed 25 Jul 12

good-gosh says...

Shoong wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?
Even as a Conservative I have asked myself this many times.
Don’t worry. Police commanders know what's needed - and get on with it, with or without political poking.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?[/p][/quote]Even as a Conservative I have asked myself this many times.[/p][/quote]Don’t worry. Police commanders know what's needed - and get on with it, with or without political poking. good-gosh
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1:36pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Ted Rogers says...

mooky9 wrote:
elvisimo wrote: All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?
Whilst I agree she will never make Mensa in a million years I think it's a bit harsh to just blame her. Labour were in charge when all this started up and they were the ones who signed up the ever amazing G4S to provide security. So equal blame to both the parties and we may as well blame the libs cos they are rubbish all the time.
LOCOG awarded the security contract for the games. The Illustrious Theresa May was briefed by G4S alerting her that they were struggling to fullfil certain elements of their contract some time ago. There currently seems to be something of a ceasefire between the government and G4S neither really criticising the other! Wondor why?
I'm sure this will all come out in the wash post games at the cost of certain individuals positions, both at G4S and the Coalition.
[quote][p][bold]mooky9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?[/p][/quote]Whilst I agree she will never make Mensa in a million years I think it's a bit harsh to just blame her. Labour were in charge when all this started up and they were the ones who signed up the ever amazing G4S to provide security. So equal blame to both the parties and we may as well blame the libs cos they are rubbish all the time.[/p][/quote]LOCOG awarded the security contract for the games. The Illustrious Theresa May was briefed by G4S alerting her that they were struggling to fullfil certain elements of their contract some time ago. There currently seems to be something of a ceasefire between the government and G4S neither really criticising the other! Wondor why? I'm sure this will all come out in the wash post games at the cost of certain individuals positions, both at G4S and the Coalition. Ted Rogers
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1:45pm Wed 25 Jul 12

good-gosh says...

G4S don’t seem to be the bad guys. It was their recruits who didn’t want to turn up when the time came. And G4S are to pay for the shortfall. Looks like they are doing all they can to help.
G4S don’t seem to be the bad guys. It was their recruits who didn’t want to turn up when the time came. And G4S are to pay for the shortfall. Looks like they are doing all they can to help. good-gosh
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1:51pm Wed 25 Jul 12

good-gosh says...

In hindsight, they should have recruited double their needs, to allow for the huge numbers who didn’t show up. But there was no precedent beforehand for calculating the absenteeism.
In hindsight, they should have recruited double their needs, to allow for the huge numbers who didn’t show up. But there was no precedent beforehand for calculating the absenteeism. good-gosh
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3:02pm Wed 25 Jul 12

freefinker says...

Shoong wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?
Even as a Conservative I have asked myself this many times.
.. so, you've both not met Southampton councillor John Noon.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: All part of Theresa May's master plan. Possibly the most incompetent, stupid politician ever?[/p][/quote]Even as a Conservative I have asked myself this many times.[/p][/quote].. so, you've both not met Southampton councillor John Noon. freefinker
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4:49pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Despite the flack, abuse and bile spouted about the Public Sector ........ Once again they appear to be only ones that are professional and reliable.
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Despite the flack, abuse and bile spouted about the Public Sector ........ Once again they appear to be only ones that are professional and reliable. . Lone Ranger.
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9:05am Thu 26 Jul 12

TEBOURBA says...

Let's be fair, we've only had 7 years to prepare for this event.
We end up by calling in, theatre of war fatigued troops, at the 11th hour,then 4 days later calling in more, cancelling the rest days of the police also at the 11th hour and in one of the first events of the Olympics, insult N Korea by flying S Korea's flag alongside its athletes photographs.
We couldn't have got it more wrong if we tried.
I thought the "2012" series on TV was a comedy show, now I realise it was a documentary.
Theresa May must go --- along with snotty nosed, arrogant, teflon coated Coe.
Neither could run a whelk stall.
Let's be fair, we've only had 7 years to prepare for this event. We end up by calling in, theatre of war fatigued troops, at the 11th hour,then 4 days later calling in more, cancelling the rest days of the police also at the 11th hour and in one of the first events of the Olympics, insult N Korea by flying S Korea's flag alongside its athletes photographs. We couldn't have got it more wrong if we tried. I thought the "2012" series on TV was a comedy show, now I realise it was a documentary. Theresa May must go --- along with snotty nosed, arrogant, teflon coated Coe. Neither could run a whelk stall. TEBOURBA
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