Hampshire police sent to Olympics to cover G4S

John Apter
John Apter
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MORE than a hundred Hampshire police officers have been drafted in to the Olympics at short notice because of a shortage of G4S guards.

One hundred and twenty officers were told in emails yesterday that they are being sent to Surrey as cover for the men’s cycling races this weekend.

Though officers will be paid an overtime rate of time and a half the shifts will come out of their rest days.

And Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter, pictured, felt the decision was unfair because scores of police officers are already lined up to cover the Games in London and Weymouth this summer.

There are no plans to send those drafted out for the weekend to other Olympic events.

Mr Apter said: ‘The situation is a disgrace.

‘There were many officers who already knew they were going to be used for the Olympics, so for this to happen to more at such short notice is wrong.

‘Many already do not get enough down time.’

Scores of armed forces personnel have been drafted in following the failure by contractors G4S to provide enough guards.

‘I would urge Hampshire Constabulary to bill G4S with the overtime costs,’ said Mr Apter. ‘Its lack of competence has caused this to happen.

‘And it is more interested in making money than providing an effective service.’