Justine’s on duty to guard Olympic sailing

ALL SMILES Justine Lewis
ALL SMILES Justine Lewis

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JUSTINE Lewis is used to a view of the streets of Havant from her police office window.

But this week the police officer has seen Olympic sailing champions flying past her porthole off Weymouth.

The 32-year-old has switched her duty with Hampshire Police to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Mounts Bay as part of her work with the Royal Naval Reserve.

She was already due to carry out security patrols at the Olympic sailing village for the police, but she’s also been doing a job as a naval officer arranging boat movements around the busy harbour.

Justine is one of hundreds of police officers and staff drawn from across the country to ensure Portland and Weymouth are safe for sailing during the Olympics.

She said: ‘I was already committed to working on the security operation for the other weeks in my police role.

‘It’s really unusual to be here wearing both uniforms but it’s been rewarding too.

‘I’ve been soaking up the amazing atmosphere, meeting the competitors and working with so many other police forces. I’ve made some really good friends and I am sure we’ll all keep in touch after this incredible experience.’

Chief Superintendent Dave Griffith, who is in charge of the Olympic security operation with Dorset’s Police, said he’d thought he had seen twins when he first met Justine on duty in the village as a police officer and later met her plotting boat moves as an naval officer on RFA Mounts Bay.

He said: ‘Justine is symbolic of the way various agencies have bonded here and are working effectively together.

‘I have been delighted to see the operation run so professionally by all the different agencies to deliver this important work with energy and good humour.’