After our 16 hour shift and very little sleep we were back to
the Olympic Village with our friends from Gwent...Tidy!
Despite the lack of sleep the smiles were there again for all to
see. 16 of Cheshires finest were amongst the fastest, fittest,
quickest, tallest, widest, toughest athletes on the Planet.
The mood was still relaxed but as more and more Athletes
approach "their time" their focus changes!
During my duty today I was lucky enough to speak to Luiz Suarez,
which as a Liverpool fan was my highlight today. Two of the Team GB
divers took some time out to talk to us and were very relaxed and
excited about their Competion (Sun) Good Luck to them.
I saw Sir Chris Hoy, Tom Daley, Usain Bolt, and a Polish girl
sipping Champagne holding her Silver medal for everyone to see.
There was a worrying sight earlier in the day when I saw two
athletes approach each other. Everything seemed very friendly until
one, very discreetly passed a small clear plastic bag to the other.
This sadly is all to common a sight for Police everywhere but here
in the Olympic Village.... Surely not?
They walked away from each other smiling with their deal
PC Smith and I had seen enough, no one was "dealing" on our
watch. As we approached this large Moldovian we saw him produce his
small plastic clear bag..... the contents were of course, not what
we expected but a small pin badge with the Belgium flag on it.
We quickly learnt that each country has a lapel pin badge and
everyone likes to exchange and show them off.
The Emergency Services do have one with 999 on but as a currency
they are almost worthless against a Team GB or Jamaican badge. It
hasn't stopped us trying though with over 200 to collect I've only
got 191 to go!
- PC Ian Cuthbertson