Tour de Yorkshire 2017
North Yorkshire Police will be on hand to support the safe and secure running of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 between 28-30 April.
Hosted by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation, the cycle race is attracting some of the biggest teams from around the world as they take on hills, dales, moors, towns, cities and villages across Yorkshire.
There will be three full stages of racing, including the Women’s Race on 29 April and the amateur Sportive on 30 April.
For full details of the Tour de Yorkshire route, please go to http://letour.yorkshire.com/
North Yorkshire features on all three days, with the majority of Stages 1 and 2 taking place in our county.
Key elements include a finish in Scarborough on Stage 1, and a start in Tadcaster and a finish in Harrogate on Stage 2.
Superintendent Mark Grange, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a fantastic event with a world-wide audience which we are very proud to support.
“North Yorkshire Police and the other forces involved in the policing of the event, West Yorkshire, Humberside, South Yorkshire, have been engaged with Welcome to Yorkshire and the other partner agencies throughout the planning process.
“We have been able to draw on the experiences of the previous two Tour de Yorkshires and the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 . These events were hugely successful in terms of spectator and participant experiences, and also in delivering effective partnership working across agencies and geographic boundaries.
“Once again, this year’s race will be escorted around the region by specialist police motorcyclists using rolling road closures. This means disruption will be kept to a minimum in most locations, with around one hour delays as the peloton passes through the race route.
“Importantly, we have worked very closely with the local authorities to ensure the emergency services can respond to urgent calls during the event.
“Each of the police forces involved will deploy enhanced levels of resources to the crowded locations. This is not because we anticipate any disorder – far from it. Our experiences with the Tour de France in 2014 and the previous Tour de Yorkshire races, showed us that having a good time with fellow fans is the priority of those in attendance. It is very much a celebratory and family atmosphere, with the style of policing reflecting the occasion.
“We are, however, conscious of the large crowds that will gather at certain points of the route and want residents and visitors to enjoy the Tour de Yorkshire in a safe environment.”
Supt Grange added: “For this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, there will be an even greater emphasis on crowd safety and crime prevention.
A number of strands of activity are co-ordinated for this event to achieve this, including:
- highly visible, unpredictable deployments of police officers and other specialist resources, such as police dogs and armed police officers
- deployment of teams of police officers who are specially-trained in the latest techniques to detect criminals and identify those with criminal intent
- using an extensive network of CCTV cameras and working with CCTV operators to identify criminal activity and gather evidence
- developing a network of vigilance amongst staff, businesses and retailers raising awareness of how to report suspicious activity
- raising awareness of the public’s role in helping us to keep sites and crowded places safe and how to be vigilant for and report suspicious activity
These tactics are proven to be effective in deterring and detecting criminals across a wide range of criminality, including those conducting “hostile reconnaissance”. This is the information gathering stage criminals and terrorists go through to select their target and plan their activity.
“By doing this,” said Supt Grange, “we aim to make key sites and crowded places as uncomfortable for them as possible and prevent them from carrying out their reconnaissance, thereby disrupting the planning of their criminal activity.
“We call on you to be vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately by:
- telling a police officer
- calling 101 or 999 if an emergency response is required
- calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
“Ultimately we, like all the other partners involved, want everyone who comes to experience the Tour de Yorkshire to thoroughly enjoy it in a safe environment.
“You will see us providing a reassuring and visible presence, and we will be keeping a watchful eye over this magnificent event that we are very proud to support.”
Road closures and parking
For full details about road closures and parking for the Tour de Yorkshire 2017, please visit the North Yorkshire County Council website http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/32092/Road-closures-and-parking