Following the successful policing operation for the 2019 F1 British Grand Prix in July, Northamptonshire Police is now gearing up for this year’s MotoGP race at Silverstone.
With more than 155,000 people expected to arrive at the circuit over the bank holiday weekend of 23–25 August, the British MotoGP is one of the biggest sporting events in the country.
Northamptonshire Police has once again been closely involved in the planning process to ensure racegoers have a safe and enjoyable experience, aiming to have a similarly successful weekend to the F1.
Detective Superintendent Dennis Murray, the event commander for Northamptonshire Police, said: “The MotoGP crowd are a great group of people and we’re looking forward to ensuring they have a safe and enjoyable weekend watching the races at Silverstone.
“The British MotoGP follows a very successful policing operation for the F1 British Grand Prix in July and I’m hoping for another successful four days this month.
“Northamptonshire Police has been policing the F1 and MotoGP races at Silverstone for many years now but that doesn’t mean we are complacent – meticulous planning goes into these events every year and the security measures put in place are as stringent as ever.”
Specialist assets such as covert police officers, the ANPR unit, overtly armed officers and dogs, as well as our police officers, PCSOs, police staff, specials and volunteers will all be deployed across the MotoGP weekend.
Detective Superintendent Murray, added: “I recommend racegoers take a look at our crime prevention tips and do all they can to prepare for their visit. For security reasons, people entering the circuit will again be subject to extra searches of their bags and their person - security is paramount and event-goers are asked to be patient.
“The public can also help us keep the event safe by being vigilant for anyone or anything which looks out of place or suspicious and reporting it to us on 101 or in an emergency 999.”
Over the next few weeks, you can stay up-to-date by following @NorthantsPolice on Twitter or by ‘liking’ Northamptonshire Police on Facebook. There is also a section on the Northamptonshire Police website dedicated to Silverstone where you will be able to see up-to-date information and advice. For more information, visit http://www.northants.police.uk/silverstone
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