It's day 6 of my deployment and looking forward to my rest
days... 12 hours on your feet takes it's toll believe me.
Again I was working at the exit and entrance stations for
the ExCel, where the Olympic Boxing, weightlifting, judo, tae
kwondo wrestling, fencing and table tennis is taking place. It's a
vast venue located in the London East End in the banks of the
Thames, served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which has been
our 'beat' since Saturday. Today seems a very busy day, with more
spectators than I've seen before, and it appears that the transport
system is more than coping with the numbers, yesterday (Monday) the
DLR broke it's capacity record with an additional 113,000
passengers, let's see what today brings!!
We are regularly joined by the British Transport Police dog
handlers with their specialist dogs, today we worked with Bailey a
handsome Springer Spaniel, who was quite happy being fussed. These
dogs have 'business cards' they hand out to children, there's
around 60 to collect
We're also meeting lots of proud parents and friends of the
Olympic Athletes. You can usually identify them as they've made
such a patriotic effort in their dress - that over the top
look, which looks fantastic - flags, red, white and blue, anything
that makes them instantly recognizable in the crowd.
The atmosphere is electric and so good natured. We're very much
made a fuss of, which is something I'll never forget!!
It's 1am and my tired feet need a rest, it's 2 rest days now. I
don't think they'll include any train travel !!
- Sergeant Rachel Gallagher
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About Sergeant Rachel Gallagher
Rachel is a Sergeant on the Road Policing Investigation Unit
based in Blacon. She has 26 years service and has worked in a
variety of roles during her time at Cheshire Police, including
working in Crewe and on the Motorways.
During the Olympics she will be working for British
Transport Police as a Supervisor (she is working on
underground, overground railways
and cable car).