ON THURSDAY 10 May the Olympic Torch, symbol of the Games, was lit by the sun’s rays at Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece.
From this point on, the flame will constantly burn until the end of the London 2012 Games.
In the build-up to the Games, the flame will travel the length and breadth of the country; including through the Midlands.
ACC Garry Forsyth said: “In planning for this, the four forces in the wider West Midlands region have built upon a long history of working together.
“Our plans are comprehensive and we are in a good position to deliver, with our partners, a safe and secure relay event.”
Although the relay is a sporting event, the regionwide intelligence led policing operation will play a key role in ensuring a safe affair for all.
It is therefore vital to the success of this global spectacle that all officers and staff have the safety of the relay and the Games in the forefront of their mind at all times, and record on the appropriate system any crime or incident which may have direct or indirect links with events.
“British policing is among the best in the world and the forces of the West Midlands have substantial experience in policing major global events.
“Just as the Games will leave a lasting legacy, successful policing of this event will boost the public’s trust and confidence in our ability to keep them safe and deliver excellent standards in service delivery,” added ACC Forsyth.
For more information on the policing of the Torch Relay, or the Games, visit the Olympics intranet site.