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Police To Take Over Weymouth Holiday Park
Dorset Police is going to take over a caravan park in Weymouth for next year's Olympic sailing events.
Dorset Police has agreed a contract for police accommodation during the 2012 Olympics.
A contract has been agreed with Seaview Holiday Park in Weymouth to provide accommodation for officers and staff engaged in the security operation.
Weymouth and Portland will host the sailing events during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and a large number of athletes, spectators and other visitors are expected to visit Dorset.
Inspector Stephen Marsh, of the Dorset Police Olympic Planning Team, said: “The Olympics is the largest public event in the history of Dorset Police and will require unprecedented levels of policing.
“In support of the operation, the Home Office has funded the provision of external assistance from police forces across the country. These mutual aid officers will help to police Olympic events, allowing us to maintain our standard of service across the whole Force area.
“To ensure sufficient accommodation for the police officers and staff employed on the safety and security operation, Dorset Police has engaged a number of providers across the county. One of these providers, with which accommodation has now been agreed, is Seaview Caravan Park in Weymouth.
“The site will only be used for accommodation purposes, and will not have a police enquiry office on site. Therefore during games time, we urge the public to continue to contact us in Weymouth and Portland as they usually would – by calling us on 101 or visiting our website www.dorset.police.uk for details of police enquiry office opening times.
“Access to the site will be restricted to officers and staff during Games time; however a police liaison officer will be available at the site in case of any concerns.”
The costs of the security operation, including accommodation, are met by the Home Office.
Members of the public with anyquestions in relation to the policing of the Olympics, and how it may affect your community, can contact the Dorset Police Olympic Planning Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information, including details of community meetings and events, is also available at www.dorsetforyou.com/london2012
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