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NATO policing praised – but share the future burden, Fed states

Bright yellow jackets worn for high visibility.Around 200 police officers from West Yorkshire – who joined 9,300 from around the country policing the NATO Summit earlier this month – have been praised for their work.

But some of those public order trained staff left behind were naturally disappointed that they were not selected according to West Yorkshire Police Federation chairman Nick Smart.

He said: “Mutual aid deployments are becoming more and more frequent and hopefully we can share the burden for PSU and specialist officers being sent away from around the force – so that it is not always the same officers being sent away who take the burden for these major deployments and it is shared equitably across trained resources.

“However unlike some forces, it is really positive that we have so many highly trained officers who wanted to be part of this operation and volunteered to assist.”

Mr Smart joined the many commentators who praised the officers who travelled from their home forces to Newport for the biggest policing operation since the 2012 Olympics.

He said: “The public of South Wales should be very grateful for the efforts of those officers that went to police the Summit. They worked long hours to keep the public safe and their work was greatly appreciated.

A total of 31 arrests were made over the week of the operation earlier in the month, for offences such as trespassing and assaulting police.

Officers came from 43 forces for the operation, while around 60 delegates from the 28 member states attended the Summit. Around 14,000 people were estimated to have descended on Newport over 4th and 5th September, although officers stayed in the area from 26 August to 6 September.

Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “The summit was one of the largest policing operations ever to take place on British soil and it was a great success. We are grateful to every officer who was deployed and to all those who helped with the policing operation. Everyone involved did a fantastic job and together helped showcase the very best of British policing.”

Mr White also paid tribute to the officers left keeping their home forces safe with less staff.

He added: “The success of this event could not have been possible without all those who remained in force continuing everyday service provision for the public and I would also like to thank them for their contribution.”

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt, of Gwent Police, said he was “proud” of the part the police service played in delivering a safe summit.

And Ian Johnston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, added: “Every single police officer, staff member and volunteer from all over the UK who worked during the summit and in the build up to it can be proud of themselves. Their hard work and effort ensured this historic and momentous occasion for Gwent and Wales ran so smoothly.”

Date posted: September 12, 2014

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