Police running Olympic test in Surrey tomorrow
Police and other agencies will test their readiness to deal with emergencies in Surrey during the Olympic Games in a major exercise starting tomorrow.
This final, multi-agency exercise will run from today, April 24, to Thursday, April 26, and will involve four police forces where the games are being staged working with local authorities, fire and ambulance services and other agencies.
The county is jointly hosting the four roads cycling events - the men’s road race on July 28, the women’s road race on July 29, and the two time trials on August 1.
The Olympic Torch will also be visiting towns and villages in Surrey including Egham, Felbridge, Bletchingley, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Westcott, Shere and Godalming, before an overnight celebration in Guildford on July 20.
For many months Surrey police have been planning, testing and exercising, together with partner agencies and neighbouring police force colleagues, to ensure the safety of residents, businesses and visitors.
Chief superintendent Gavin Stephens said: "The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the biggest sporting event in the UK’s history and here in Surrey we have an exciting part to play.
"Not only do we have three event days but we also have athletes training and staying in the county and the Olympic Torch Relay route taking in many of our towns and villages.
"This is a sporting event and a cause for celebration first and foremost but measures will be in place to ensure that the Games can be safely and securely enjoyed by all."
He said residents should also be thinking about their own travel arrangements during events this summer.
"I would urge residents to put the dates of the Olympic Torch Relay and event days in their diaries and start thinking about how they are going to get to work, school or social events on those days."
More information about the Olympics in Surrey visit www.gosurrey.info