All North Yorkshire Police leave cancelled during Tour de France

York Press: Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh

ALL leave for police officers in North Yorkshire has been cancelled during this year’s Tour de France.

Millions of people are expected to flock to Yorkshire for the biggest cycling event in the world, which will start for the first time in the county.

Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh, who is leading the police planning for North Yorkshire Police ahead of the 2014 Tour de France event, confirmed leave had to be restricted throughout the force for the duration of the event.

He said: “The visit of the Tour de France is expected to draw a very large number of visitors to the county. As a result North Yorkshire Police has restricted leave applications between June 27 and July 11, 2014, for police officers, Police Community Support Officers and a range of police staff, while we examine the resourcing requirements for this prestigious event.”

ACC McIntosh said the force would consider the methods used during the Olympic torch tour in 2012 on how best to “ensure the safety and security of the public” during the event, and would be working alongside partners and volunteers.

He said: “The police will be a small part of this significant event.

“The organisers anticipate that there will be a large number of volunteers assisting with the marshalling of the route.

“Visitors are not expected to come for just the two days the Tour is with us, but also on the days preceding and post the event. These requirements are reviewed on a regular basis and we are keeping staff informed.”

Mark Botham, chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Federation, said the organisation was “working with the force on this matter”, but would not be making a public comment at this time.


Clarification

We have been asked to clarify that police are not being asked to line the route of the cycle race, but face wider policing demands in connection with the event.

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1:38pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Dick Turpin says...

Is this the same leave restriction policy which was brought in for the Olympics. Which was flexible enough for one officer with his wife and family to attend the opening ceremony.
One rule for most. But not for all.
Is this the same leave restriction policy which was brought in for the Olympics. Which was flexible enough for one officer with his wife and family to attend the opening ceremony. One rule for most. But not for all. Dick Turpin

5:50pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Dick Turpin says...

Forgot to mention. His wife was also a serving police officer.
Forgot to mention. His wife was also a serving police officer. Dick Turpin

8:40am Thu 2 Jan 14

nearlyman says...

No, this is because they can have a field day booking them all for having no lights, jumping the lights and riding on pavements...........
..could make as much as Lendal bridge appears to be. This is the 'Bumper Year' !
No, this is because they can have a field day booking them all for having no lights, jumping the lights and riding on pavements........... ..could make as much as Lendal bridge appears to be. This is the 'Bumper Year' ! nearlyman

11:01am Thu 2 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

They could always invite a battalion of the French riot police, the CRS, to make up the numbers. The sight of all those sub-machine guns and silver helmets glistening in the Yorkshire sunlight would add a certain 'frisson' to the event. They'd sort out the cyclists on the pavement, too...
They could always invite a battalion of the French riot police, the CRS, to make up the numbers. The sight of all those sub-machine guns and silver helmets glistening in the Yorkshire sunlight would add a certain 'frisson' to the event. They'd sort out the cyclists on the pavement, too... Ignatius Lumpopo

4:22pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Guthred says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
They could always invite a battalion of the French riot police, the CRS, to make up the numbers. The sight of all those sub-machine guns and silver helmets glistening in the Yorkshire sunlight would add a certain 'frisson' to the event. They'd sort out the cyclists on the pavement, too...
The Garde Républicaine do a great job securing the route entourage as well as supervising and instructing the local police forces. If the Yorkshire stage of the TdF are going to be a big as the organisers think it might be (the London 2007 prologue and start was exceptionally busy) then the main issue will be the traffic and public transport congestion. However if the organisers are as good as TfL at organising things, then it should all run very smoothly.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: They could always invite a battalion of the French riot police, the CRS, to make up the numbers. The sight of all those sub-machine guns and silver helmets glistening in the Yorkshire sunlight would add a certain 'frisson' to the event. They'd sort out the cyclists on the pavement, too...[/p][/quote]The Garde Républicaine do a great job securing the route entourage as well as supervising and instructing the local police forces. If the Yorkshire stage of the TdF are going to be a big as the organisers think it might be (the London 2007 prologue and start was exceptionally busy) then the main issue will be the traffic and public transport congestion. However if the organisers are as good as TfL at organising things, then it should all run very smoothly. Guthred

6:57pm Thu 2 Jan 14

twotonethomas says...

I hope the drug squad are out.
I hope the drug squad are out. twotonethomas

12:23pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Brythonicman says...

Did you hear the cry of "Viva La France" from all those Officers who have had their leave cancelled ? No I didn't either.
Did you hear the cry of "Viva La France" from all those Officers who have had their leave cancelled ? No I didn't either. Brythonicman

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