Commonwealth Games to be the 'biggest operation' in West Midlands police history, they say

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest operation in West Midlands police history, the force has said.

More than 3,000 officers from the force and others around the country will deploy during the games, between the 28th of July and 7th of August. Police from forces in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and London Metropolitan will be involved.

This will include drone operators and firearms officers, as well as regular police to help deal with the thousands of people who are expected to descend on the city for the games.

With just 100 days to go before the official start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, West Midlands Police are gearing up for the biggest operation in the force’s history.

The force have been planning for the iconic event since the region won the bid back in 2017.  While the initial team was small, there are now  over 80 officers and staff working on planning all the different aspects of this complex policing operation.

Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said, “ This is a once in a lifetime event for the region and also for the force."

“We are working hard on delivering a safe and secure Birmingham 2022 but we are also planning for policing to be very much in the background."

“This is about people coming to our great region from all across the world and having a fantastic time.  We are working hard to make sure that everyone that comes feels safe and can relax and focus on the important things – the fantastic sport and cultural events that will be taking place." Last tickets to go on sale

Today is also the day the last tickets for the games go on sale, just 100 days before they kick off in July.

Over a million have already been sold for the event, which will feature athletes from 48 different countries competing across 20 different sports.

Seats are available for every sport, with women's cricket, beach volleyball, and E-sports among the new events open to competition.

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