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ARMED officers sent to Lincolnshire as part of Operation Temperer

  • Published: 29-05-2017 at 10:05

ARMED officers sent to Lincolnshire as part of Operation Temperer have returned home today after four days patrolling the streets of the county.

Dozens of officers from across the UK were drafted to the county when the terror threat level in the UK was raised to Critical in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

The officers were deployed in the county to support Lincolnshire Police’s existing armed response units, part of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS).

They were Ministry of Defence Police, whose prime role is to protect MoD bases, many from Scotland. The officers were accommodated at RAF Scampton during their stay.

Before returning home many were met by Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones, who thanked them for their resolute service on behalf of the communities of Lincolnshire.

“These dedicated officers have travelled a long way, leaving their families behind, to serve the people of Lincolnshire during this challenging time,” said Mr Jones.

“They deserve the gratitude of everyone and I wanted to offer thanks on behalf of all our communities, personally, before they made the long journey home.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to our own officers, staff and volunteers, many of whom have given up rest days and holidays to make sure that residents and visitors to the county could enjoy theirs in safety.”

Chief Superintendent Shaun West, who headed Operation Temperer across the county, said the support armed officers had received from members of the public and local businesses had been “brilliant” across the whole week.

“Everywhere the armed officers have been on patrol the public’s support has been very warm and very much appreciated,” he said.

“On many, many occasions people have approached the officers to express their gratitude, asked for photos and made it clear they were reassured by our presence.”

He paid special thanks to Butlins at Skegness for offering a refreshment and relaxation facility to the armed officers who had been drafted in to patrol local communities there.

“All of the armed officers have been made to feel very welcome wherever they have been and that is extremely humbling.”

For more information contact Jon Grubb on 07780 953575 or at mjgrubb@btinternet.com.