Hants commits manpower to Olympic cycling event, where G4S still faces staff shortfall.
Hampshire Constabulary is sending a contingent of officers to police the Olympic cycling event in Surrey, where G4S still has a shortage of security guards.
The company, which told PoliceOracle.com it was â€œgratefulâ€ to the Police Service for helping it make it up its shortfall, declined to comment on specific guard numbers but said it was working to put more boots on the ground.
The Hampshire officers were on rest days and will work one shift between Friday and Sunday (July 27-29) to provide help for the event, which is taking place across Surrey.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman declined to comment on the specific officer numbers, citing security reasons, but said the contingent was â€œfar fewerâ€ than 120, which has been suggested by media outlets. Other sources have suggested that a single serial per day is being supplied.
She added: â€œWe are not able to discuss numbers of officers deployed on a daily basis for security reasons. All officers being deployed to Surrey this weekend were on scheduled rest days so the policing levels to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are not affected.â€
She added that the force would seek to be reimbursed for the costs by the Home Office.
John Apter, the Hampshire Police Federation Chairman, said: â€œItâ€™s clear that G4S has not fulfilled their contractual obligation.â€
He added: â€œOfficers have told me that they didnâ€™t want to work.
â€œAll of them were on rest days and looking forward to time off. On top of everything else, we are already supplying several hundred officers to the Olympics.â€
A G4S spokesman told PoliceOracle.com the company had made â€œvery good progressâ€ in the last few days of trying to make up for the shortfall in the number of guards it pledged to provide. Earlier this week, it said it had 5,800 guards deployed to Olympic venues, up from 4,200 it had last week.
‘Rest Day’ Officers Cover Surrey Bike Event Shortfall