Hundreds of our officers to police the Olympics

UP to 400 West Yorkshire police officers will be deployed elsewhere during next summer’s Olympic Games.

The 64-day period includes the Paralympics.

“We are planning to provide 300-400 officers,” said a force spokesperson.

“However, we are awaiting clarification from the Metropolitan Police Service, the lead Force for the Olympics.

“West Yorkshire Police is working with the other Forces in the region which will minimise the impact this event has on the Force.

“Plans are well advanced in respect of how we will deliver day-to-day policing to ensure the public of West Yorkshire are kept safe.”

The celebrations will begin with the start of the Torch Relay on May 18, with the Games opening on 27 July 2012 and continuing through to September 9, when the Paralympic Games close.

There will be around 14,700 athletes from 205 countries competing at venues in 11 different police force areas. On peak days 12,000 police officers will be on duty.