North Yorkshire Police response to UK disorder
4:44pm 11th August 2011
North Yorkshire Police can confirm that there were no reported incidents of public disorder across North Yorkshire and the City of York overnight.
The current risk to North Yorkshire's communities remains low, however, we will continue our increased high visibility patrols throughout the county to reassure residents and to respond swiftly to any incidents of disorder and any other criminal activity.
Following re-organising of shifts and the cancellation of rest days, there is now a significatnly increased police presence throughout the county, with further back-up should any incidents escalate.
Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said:
"North Yorkshire Police is working round the clock to provide a visible and reassuring presence in our communities in light of the violent disturbances around England that have caused such great concern.
"We continue to support colleagues in other areas as part of our national commitment to the overall police response to the violence.
"Overnight, two teams of our officers were deployed to Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands. They have returned home safely this morning. The team we sent to assist the Metropolitan Police Service remain in London.
"Officers also continue to monitor social media for any irresponsible activity. Anyone found to be inciting violence and disorder will face the full force of the law."
Mr Madgwick added:
"The disturbing scenes we have witnessed over the past few days have show the worst in human behaviour. But it has also brought out the best in law-abiding members of the public who continue to stand up for what is right.
"Our thanks go to members of the public who have provided valuable information on any potential incidents, whether its through social media, local hearsay or suspicious activity.
"This information is extremely useful to the police and we encourage people to continue to report any information to the police, no matter how insignificant you may think it is."
Members of the public can continue to play their part by reporting any suspicious behaviour to North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247. Or, you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
North Yorkshire Police have cancelled rest days for all warranted officers of all ranks.
This is for a period of seven days from 10 August 2011.
Annual leave has not been cancelled at this time, however, the position will be reassessed next week.
In addition, some specialist departments which comprise of police staff, will by agreement, work extended hours and PCSOs have been asked to work up to 12 hour shifts.
This is necessary to enable North Yorkshire Police to provide a significantly increased policing presence in our own communities, and to meet regional and national commitments during this unprecedented period of exceptional demand.
This position has the full support of the Police Federation, the Superintendents' Association and Unison.
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