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Warwickshire Police will be supporting the biggest security operation ever carried out in the West Midlands region.
The operation is in place to help keep people safe during the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Warwickshire will be hosting two events: the lawn bowls in Leamington running from 29 July-6 August and the cycling road race starting and finishing in Warwick on Sunday 7 August.
Across the West Midlands there will be more than 3000 officers working on the busiest days in addition to 4000 private security personnel.
In Warwickshire, almost 300 officers and staff will be working across 1000 shifts. This includes policing the Queen’s Baton Relay and enhancing security around the venues in Warwickshire. Thirty-five special constables will be volunteering their own time to help police the event and some of these will be representing the force at the opening and closing ceremonies.
Chief Inspector Steve Beard will be leading the security operation for the lawn bowls: “We’re delighted to be welcoming competitors and visitors from all over the world to Warwickshire for the Commonwealth Games. It’s a great event for the region and the county and we’re all extremely proud to be involved in it.
“We’re part of the biggest security operation ever in the West Midlands and we’re all here to help keep you safe and ensure you have a great day.
“Our aim is to ensure you enjoy the Commonwealth Games safely without security measures impacting on your experience. There will be security measures in place at all the sites so please arrive in plenty of time and be patient.
“I’d also encourage people to check the Birmingham 2022 website to find out more about how to access the events and the local road closures; please plan journeys accordingly.
“We’re ready for the games, we hope you are too. Enjoy them and stay safe.”
For more information on the events and road closures go to www.birmingham2022.com
Posted by SJC, Corporate Communications
Photo below (l-r): Insp Wayne Boulton, Lieutenant Chris Moore - Military Liaison Officer and Ch Insp Steve Beard