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Olympics policing; Your say.

I can understand the concerns expressed by Cleveland Police Authority member Cllr Bernie Taylor regarding police coverage of the Olympic Games in London. 'Officers head south to help police Games' (22.5.12).

Cleveland Police has already seen the numbers of officers reduce by over 200 in the last two years.

Now we will see another 203 officers taken out of the force for at least two months.

This means policing numbers throughout Teesside will be at its lowest for over 20 years.

It beggars belief that we are still being told by the Chief Constable that front-line policing will not be affected.

The Conservative Party were always considered to be the party of 'law and order'.

Now they are the party that seems hell bent on destroying the finest policing service throughout the world.

We must keep our streets safe for law abiding people and prevent a summer of escalating crime.

Therefore the Government must pledge to finance all additional police overtime that will inevitable be required to maintain public confidence in the police's ability to protect all communities and businesses with a total shortfall of at least 400 officers.

KEN WALKER, Acklam * * * WITH the majority of the population excited about the forthcoming Jubilee event and the Olympic Games, is our Labour councillor and member of the Police Authority Bernie Taylor just political scare mongering by suggesting our local police will struggle to cope when so many of them will be on duty at these events? It seems he is the only person worried, and although he states he doesn't want to be alarmist, that is exactly what he is doing, and putting unnecessary fear into members of the public.

He then tells us we will manage. So what is his problem? I personally feel confident that these events will be a great success and have every faith in our police and armed forces to do their job in the interest of the Great British Public.

BILL HAWTHORNE, Independent Councillor, Ayresome Ward
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 28, 2012
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