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24 Jul 2012
Cheshire Constabulary's contribution to the Olympics moves
into its next stage as staff support host forces which include
Metropolitan Police Service, Dorset Police and British Transport
Police. Constable Anthony Hayhurst, 35 from Crewe,
who has been selected for deployment to the
Olympics, can usually be found policing and investigating
road traffic collisions within the Crewe area. Within his role,
Tony is also a Family Liaison Officer and works closely with
families whose loved ones have been involved in traffic collisions,
supporting them through the police investigation and any subsequent
Tony was selected for the Olympics late last year and having
already policed in Manchester, he is fully aware of the
challenges that city policing brings. A good geographical
knowledge of London will be key to his role supporting British
Transport Police in working on the underground and main rail lines
into London and so Tony has been
memorising as much of the Tube and rail maps as possible, making
it easier to give directions to the general public.
Both the Olympics and Paralympics events will present the UK
Police Service with the largest peacetime security and policing
operation it has ever faced but Tony is looking forward to this
once in a lifetime opportunity to police London
and be part of policing one of the biggest sporting events that the
UK has ever seen.
Having policed the Olympic Torch Relay in Crewe and Warrington
at the end of May, he was pleasantly surprised to see such a large
turn out to see the Torch.
The relay passed through Crewe at about 8am, and Nantwich Road
was packed with members of the public, with crowds about 15 people
deep. The atmosphere was fantastic.
He has accumulated some considerable experience in his policing
career over the years, having worked at big sporting
events, which include large football matches at Manchester
City and United grounds, and at events connected with the
Commonwealth Games held in Manchester in 2002. Tony has also
policed at large scale operations such as RAF Fairfield in
Gloucestershire during the Iraq War.
With long shifts scheduled as part of his policing duties, he
will be on foot patrol in and around London, and
will be working with an officer from British Transport
I will be dealing with all sorts of different policing
incidents, and am sure that some of those incidents may be quite
challenging and in unfamiliar surroundings.
Cheshire Constabulary is supporting the national policing effort
for the Olympic Games and is committed to maintaining its current
policing standards, here in Cheshire.
Tony will be blogging his activities from
London to the general public and there will be an opportunity to
follow blog posts from officers supporting the Olympic Games and
those providing policing cover in Cheshire.