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Tours of duty for Tour de France

PoliceLeave for West Yorkshire Police officers is being “controlled” by the Force during this summer’s Tour de France in England.

The force has denied that holiday for officers has been cancelled when the world renowned cycling event comes to Yorkshire in July.

The Tour’s stage 1, which will see riders travel from Leeds to Harrogate, will cover 190 kilometres through Yorkshire.

Chief Superintendent Barry South of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The staging of the Yorkshire Grande Depart is a great honour and is already generating considerable interest and excitement throughout Yorkshire and beyond.

“We are therefore expecting it to be a very large scale public event and we are working closely with local authorities and other partners including TDF hub 2014 to ensure all appropriate resources are in place.

“West Yorkshire Police has considerable experience in dealing with large scale public events and planning for this one is at an advanced stage. As part of this, as is normal procedure, we are controlling annual leave on 4, 5 and 6 July until we are sure of the exact level of resourcing required.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “This is a huge event bringing together community partners, the public, and many other organisations across West Yorkshire and I am proud to be on the governing body of the Tour de France.

“We’ll be working hard following on from the success of the Olympic Torch police involvement in the region last year to make this as successful and I am delighted so many volunteers are signing up to help when Tour de France comes to Yorkshire.

“I am confident that the expertise the participating forces have and the dedication of police and police staff in organising and manning large scale events will ensure it goes ahead in a safe and enjoyable environment. I thank those officers who will be part of the event which is a historic sporting opportunity for Yorkshire.”

Date posted: January 9, 2014

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