County officers at the Olympics today

Chief Insp Chris Hillery, district commander for Kettering and Corby, is among the officers at the Olympics today

Chief Insp Chris Hillery, district commander for Kettering and Corby, is among the officers at the Olympics today

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Officers from Northamptonshire Police are down at the Olympics in London to ensure the official opening day goes smoothly.

Almost 200 officers, including firearms specialists and dog handlers, from the county are expected to take part in the country’s biggest peace-time security operation.

The commitment of the force varies each day, ranging from a maximum of around 82 officers to as low as just two officers on other days. In total, but not on one day, around 198 individual officers from Northamptonshire Police will contribute to keeping the games safe and secure.

County officers will help for a total of 47 days.

The majority of officers will assist the Metropolitan Police and Dorset Police, which have the largest games operations.

Overseen by Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, the National Olympic Security Coordinator, 51 forces have worked together to resource the 105-day long national policing operation, which runs until September 16.

The force has adopted a range of measures to maximise the number of officers available to assist with the games, but also to continue policing across the force area.

Annual leave has been restricted across the service, non-essential training has been postponed and the Special Constabulary and volunteers will also play a role.

While the majority of officers travelling to police the Games are general beat officers, providing their usual professional service and working alongside the public, there is also a requirement for some specialist skilled officers to assist.

Northamptonshire Police will be lending its renowned expertise from its public order unit, dog section and firearms unit to assist with this complex operation.