Top cop takes charge at rowing

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 31/07/2012

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New Plymouth's top cop has returned to the pinnacle of world sports.

Area commander Inspector Blair Telford has scored a job working at the London 2012 Olympics.

Mr Telford, appointed area commander in January 2011, is one of a handful of New Zealand police working at the Games.

He was a New Zealand representative in the bobsled at the 1988 Winter Olympics which were held in Calgary.

Inspector Frank Grant, who is sitting in for Mr Telford, confirmed he was providing security support at the Games.

"He's assisting with the safety and security around the rowing marina," Mr Grant said.

The rowing is being held at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake, about 41 kilometres west of London, which is acclaimed as one of the finest rowing venues in the world.

It has hosted both elite-level competitions and community events.

The rowing competition will run through until August 4.

Mr Grant said Mr Telford, who has 21 years experience in the police, had the skills for the role.

"He applied for it and he was lucky enough to be selected."

Mr Telford is expected to be back on duty in New Plymouth about the middle of August.

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