Footage of Norfolk police Olympic accommodation ‘was out of date’
PUBLISHED: 17:38 20 July 2012 | UPDATED: 17:38 20 July 2012
Senior officers have reassured police from Norfolk that the accommodation they will use while working at the Olympics is up to scratch – labelling out-of-date pictures of the conditions “unhelpful”.
Footage of converted shipping containers aired by the BBC on Thursday was taken more than 10 days ago and accommodation has been improved since then, said Chief Supt Bob Scully, the head of specialist operations for Norfolk Constabulary.
The Police Federation had claimed the accommodation in Weymouth was unsuitable, comparing the bare rooms to cells, but chairman Paul Ridgway said yesterday that improvements in recent days had brought facilities up to an “adequate” standard.
Mr Ridgway said: “They are not ideal, however, the Dorset Police have done the best that they can to ensure the officers’ needs are going to be met.
“Norfolk Constabulary, along with the Norfolk Police Federation, has worked very hard to make the best facilities possible, and the officers’ opinion is that they are proud to get down there to police the Olympics.”
Four officers from Norfolk police will be going to Weymouth to provide support for the sailing events at the games.
Chief Supt Scully said their facilities would match all other major accommodation at the Olympics.
He said: “The unhelpful footage shown yesterday is 10 days old and advances have since been made.
“We have been assured that our staff will be housed at Compass Point in accommodation that meets the same specification as used for all bulk accommodation for the Games.”
A total of 188 officers from Norfolk will help at the summer’s Games, alongside 200 colleagues from Suffolk Constabulary.
They will be joined by military personnel from RAF Honington to provide extra security, which is providing II Squadron RAF Regiment.