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Operation Morris: 183 officers contribute 1,464 hours

As always, the festive period is an incredibly busy time for Bedfordshire Police – traditionally we see an increase in violent incidents, mainly as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.

As such, it’s important that we have an increased uniformed presence on the streets.

Once again over this Christmas and New Year we ran Operation Morris. During the operation teams of officers were on patrol in vans, in all of the county’s main towns, to ensure everyone out for the festive period could enjoy their celebrations safely.

This year, 183 officers worked 1,464 hours to police our busy town centres and keep you safe. Many who were on duty sacrificed time with their own friends and family so we could provide a robust policing presence.

This year, they were joined on patrol on various shifts by senior officers, including the Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable, who both spent time on duty to see how well the teams managed the demand they faced.

It’s not just the officers you see on the streets who were on hand to ensure your celebrations were safe.

We have a team which plans Operation Morris and how we will approach this busy time of year, and our Resource Management Unit works hard to manage our resources at this busy time and ensure we can provide a good service.

Also playing an important role in policing this Christmas and New Year were our force contact centre operators, who manage all the 999 and 101 calls we receive, and our radio agents who deploy our officers to incidents.

Operation Morris is only a success because so many people from across the force come together to contribute to it. This year, lots of people worked outside their core job roles and hours in order to plan, manage and work on the operation.

If you saw us out and about while you were celebrating, I hope you felt reassured by our presence and in knowing that we would swiftly tackle any issues.

Thank you to everyone who stayed sensible during the festive period, who didn’t drink to excess and who didn’t drink and drive. I hope that you were able to enjoy your celebrations, and I wish you all the best for the coming year.

Supt Nick Lyall

Op Morris Gold Commander


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