The policing operation for this year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone got under way this morning.
The run up to the event has involved months of preparation by officers from various departments.
More than 300,000 people are expected to descend on Silverstone over the next four days and Northamptonshire Police will have armed and covert police officers, PCSOs, police staff and specials in attendance throughout.
Racing fans will start to arrive at campsites today.
Police will be out in force inside and outside the circuit throughout the weekend to ensure local people have access to support and advice as well as those attending the event.
For security reasons, this year people entering the circuit will be subject to extra searches of their bags and their person. This will make enteringthe venue slower than in previous years but security is paramount and event-goers are asked to be patient.
Superintendent Chris Hillery, the commander of the policing operation, said: “This year marks the 53rd?? Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit and we have been involved in policing the race for a long time so understand the requirements of overseeing such a large-scale event.
“Planning for this weekend’s event started last autumn to ensure we are able to provide a comprehensive police plan for what is the largest annual
sporting event in the UK.
“We have police officers, PCSOs, specials and police staff working in many varied roles throughout the weekend to ensure racegoers have a great time in a safe environment. They will be taking part in regular patrols of the circuit and campsites, as well as operating a ports service at the heliport, recording crime, monitoring traffic flow and engaging with spectators.”
Useful information for visitors to Silverstone is available on our website northants.police.uk/silverstone or you can get regular updates throughout
the weekend on the Northamptonshire Police Facebook page or via @NorthantsPolice on Twitter.