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Old 30 August 2011, 01:21   #1
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I have an inkling as to why metro Police had such a difficult time quelling the London riots:

BBC News - 2012 Olympic torch police counselling 'barking mad'

3 June 2011 Last updated at 07:16 ET

2012 Olympic torch police counselling 'barking mad'

The police guard for the 70-day Olympic torch relay will be offered psychological counselling to help them "reintegrate" after the event.

Some 28 unarmed Metropolitan Police officers will guard the Olympic flame as it journeys around the UK in 2012.

A spokesman said they were "mindful" the officers would be away from home and said staff welfare was paramount.

But critics said the "barking mad" offer of counselling was a waste of resources.

The torch will leave Land's End, Cornwall, on the morning of 19 May.

The route, which covers every nation and region in the UK, will see the torch travel 8,000 miles before arriving in London for the start of the Olympics.

A minimum of two police officers will accompany the torch bearer at all times.

A Met spokesman said: "We recognise this is a unique policing role never performed within British policing.

"Mindful of the fact that officers will be taken away from their homes for 70 days, their reintegration back into the Met after the event is already being carefully planned.

"The welfare of our staff is of paramount importance."

He continued: "Occupational health specialists are already developing plans.

"The Met already has specialists who work with officers. These include counsellors, occupational psychologists and other medical staff."

London Assembly Member Jenny Jones, who sits on the Metropolitan Police Authority committee, said: "It sounds barking mad.

"A briefing, fine, but counselling? What a waste of resources.

"All the time we're talking about value for money and then we have the Met doing this."

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Old 30 August 2011, 02:43   #2
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Not sure which is worse, the counselling or the fact we need to take 28 officers out of london to look after a flame as it parades the country. How bad must all the other police services be that they can't be trusted to escort it.
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has anyone thought of the blisters that these police officers might get on the way????????
I went alongside the carrier, I survived and didnt even get shot at!!!
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