As you will be aware, the forthcoming D-Day 75 national commemorative event has attracted interest from all over the world. We anticipate thousands of people visiting the city in the days running up to the event and on the day itself. We are very proud that Portsmouth is at the heart of the event and we are ready to play our part in honouring the heroes who made such great sacrifices for us.
The national event on June 5, organised by the Ministry of Defence, will mark the start of five days of commemorations and reflection, alongside revival-themed events in the city, hosted by Portsmouth City Council.
For those living and working in Portsmouth, you can expect to see an increased police presence and more extensive security measures in place. This is usual for an event of this scale. We have a responsibility to protect the public and we are working alongside the organisers, offering our advice on their security measures.
My officers are working hard, along with our partner agencies, to minimise the impact on the day-to-day lives of local communities. We will do everything we can to keep you as informed as possible so that you are aware of how the event could impact your arrangements during this time.
There will be some road closures and parking restrictions to support the security around the event but the details have not yet been finalised. The road closures and restrictions are being managed by Portsmouth City Council, and you'll find more information on the council website at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/d-day75 once the details are confirmed. The council will also be sending information about road closures and parking directly to residents and businesses around the seafront area.
If you have not already done so, I would also encourage you to sign up to Hampshire Alert - www.hampshirealert.co.uk - to receive our free information updates. You will find details on how to register for this service within this pack. You can also follow us on Twitter via our Twitter handle @PompeyPolice and via our Hampshire Constabulary Facebook page.
I would also like to assure you that our local policing focus will remain a priority in the build-up to the events, during and after. As a resident, or local business, you can play an important role working with us to keep communities safe including sharing any intelligence you might think is relevant. If you would like to speak with one of your local officers in relation to this then please call 101, or you can send us an email: email@example.com
If you see anything unusual or suspicious, please report it to a police officer, call us on 101 or report online via our website www.hampshire.police.uk.
Chief Inspector Rob Mitchell