Hampshire Police Authority praises officers

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HAMPSHIRE Police Authority has publicly praised officers for their efforts as riots spread across the country last week.

In an open letter, chairwoman and councillor Jacqui Rayment paid tribute to Hampshire officers who worked to keep our streets safe as well as those deployed to help The Met in London.

She wrote: ‘A number of police officers from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been working in the areas affected by the riots, giving mutual aid where it was needed and stepping up to the challenge to protect the public. Officers and colleagues locally have worked long hours and have given up their rest days to ensure our streets are safe. While we may not have seen the mayhem here, officers have been out in large numbers doing what they do best, catching criminals and protecting our streets.

The Police Authority is proud of you all, no matter what role you played, here or out in other forces. Not many of us would do the job you do, so our thanks go to each and every one of you at a time when policing is facing a huge number of challenges. We should also not forget colleagues from other emergency services who have also gone the extra mile and, of course, families who have had their time disrupted.’