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7 June 2021
A major mutual aid operation is underway ahead of this month’s G7 Summit of world leaders in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay and Hertfordshire Police Federation will be on hand to support officers with its welfare support van.
The specially converted vehicle has a kitchen area, toilet, wash-down facilities, a drying area, a seating area, a table to eat or work from and is stocked with snacks and refreshments.
Hertfordshire Police Federation chair Geoff Bardell, who will be on hand at the van along with Federation representative Kio Bozorgi, said: “The G7 Summit requires a huge policing and security operation involving thousands of officers from several forces and we are only too pleased to be able to offer our support throughout this important event.
“The Hertfordshire welfare van forms part of our drive to ensure we as a Federation branch do as much as we can to promote officer wellbeing.
“With so many officers involved in the G7 Summit operation, it is great to be able to deploy the welfare van and I’m sure officers will be pleased to see us and to take advantage of the facilities we can offer.
“It is going to be an intense and extremely busy few days for all those involved in this operation and hopefully the welfare van will be able to provide some well-earned respite.”
North Wales and Thames Valley Police Federation branches will also be sending their welfare vans to the summit.
World leaders from the G7 nations, plus invited leaders from Australia, India and South Korea, will gather at Carbis Bay near St Ives, between 11 and 13 June.
Responsibility for security and policing has been delegated to Devon and Cornwall Police but will also feature vital input from fellow forces such as Hertfordshire which is expected to deploy around 100 officers under mutual aid operation protocols.