Midlands police family recognised for Olympic contribution
21 November 2012
MIDLANDS-based police officers and staff, who helped to provide a safe and secure Olympics, have been recognised for their dedication and hard work.
Their contribution to the biggest policing operation the UK has ever undertaken was highlighted at an awards ceremony at Tally Ho! last night (Tuesday 20 November).
ACC Sharon Rowe led the planning for the policing region, with a team from all four forces – West Midlands Police, West Mercia Police, Warwickshire Police and Staffordshire Police.
Planning for the sporting spectacle’s arrival in the Midlands started right back in 2009, and contributed to a wider national plan that had been worked towards for some five years.
ACC Rowe: “We had a clear vision for a summer of spectacular sport and a safe and secure games. We wanted to ensure everyone had fun and was able to get involved but with the focus on the sport, not security.”
The main Midlands involvement throughout the summer came with the arrival of Olympic football in Coventry, however the Olympic torch relay and the settling of the American and Jamaican teams in Birmingham also gave the region plenty of cause to celebrate the Olympic spirit.
In total, more than 800 officers and staff also travelled to Olympic venues across the nation to help offer cover to colleagues in London and the south-west.
At the ceremony, awards were given to the officers and police staff who were working 24/7 during the Olympic period from a specialist Regional Olympic Co-ordination Centre. Other teams that were recognised for their efforts included the Economic Crime Unit – whose operation targeting ticket touts extended to not only Olympic activity but other key sporting events across the summer, the force Football Unit, and force Operations planning team.
Chief Inspector Ian Marsh received an individual award, alongside Inspector Howard Lewis-Jones and Planning Manager Jan Turner.
After receiving his award, CInsp Marsh said: “The Olympics took up almost three years of detailed and careful planning to ensure that the event passed off peacefully and successfully across our region.
“It was a truly fantastic spectacle and one that I feel honoured to have played a part in making happen.”
Image - (left to right) David Moorcroft, Chair of West Midlands for 2012, Inspector Howard Lewis-Jones, Chief Inspector Ian Marsh and Chief Constable Chris Sims at the Olympic Awards Ceremony.