Torch Relay was “most positive experience in uniform’ for many at Lincolnshire Police, force says

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LINCOLNSHIRE Police have moved to thank the public for their support duirng the Olympic Torch Relay’s presence in the county.

The relay left Lincolnshire for the final time today (Wednesday) and police have begun to reflect on the “fantastic trouble-free way” in which the local population celebrated the Torch’s journey.

Over the three days in which the torch popped in and out of the county, passing tens of thousands of residents in towns like Louth, Skegness, Grantham, Stamford, Sleaford and Lincoln, officers said they did not need to make a single public order arrest.

Policemen and women on motorbikes high-fived youngsters in the crowd and PCSOs were cheered as they joined in whipping up bystanders before the torch passed through.

Assistant Chief Constable, Roger Bannister, said: “Many of our staff have said it was the most positive experience they have had in uniform and that it has reaffirmed their sense of community and public service.

“I think it’s pretty remarkable that the largest event the county has ever hosted has gone without a hitch from a policing perspective and that is reflective of the good people of Lincolnshire and the hard work of our staff.”

Over the past year Lincolnshire Police has worked with Lincolnshire County Council, The City of Lincoln Council, West Lindsey District Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Kesteven District Council, East Lindsey District Council, Boston Borough Council, South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue,East Midlands Ambulance service and LOCOG to plan the Olympic Torch Relay.

ACC Bannister said: “It has been a long involved process, but ultimately and extremely rewarding one. I’d like to thank all of our partners for their assistance.”