CHESHIRE Constabulary has offered reassurances about public safety this summer even though some officers will be required to police the Olympics in London.
Cheshire is among several forces supporting the national effort by providing beat bobbies to patrol the streets of the capital as well as firearm officers and specialist dogs.
All leave has been cancelled during this busy period to ensure most roles can be covered in the county.
Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “We will continue to respond effectively and deal with issues that arise in our communities efficiently.
“Local people may see fewer officers attending community meetings, going into schools or attending community events, but residents can rest assured that our response will be equal to our response at any other time of the year.
“During the games, we will be running via our website a series of Olympic-themed competitions, together with an Olympic blog that will enable residents in Cheshire to get an insight into how staff from the Constabulary are keeping people safe and their contribution to making them feel safe, both here in Cheshire and as part of the national operation.
“We hope local people will find the blog of real interest and show their support by following the efforts of staff during the period of the Games.”
Cheshire Constabulary has implemented a range of measures to maximise the number of officers available to assist with the Games whilst continuing to police across the force area.
Annual leave has been cancelled, non-essential training has been postponed and the Special Constabulary will be contributing additional hours to support their colleagues.
Visit www.cheshire.police.uk for further details about the constabulary’s Olympic Gold competition which starts tomorrow (Friday).