London 2012: Troops 'may be used to bolster security'

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London 2012: Troops 'may be used to bolster security'

Post by Mr007 on Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:17 am


Police officers at the Olympic Stadium Eleven police forces and the military are involved in the security effort for London 2012
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Thousands of British soldiers may be called in to bolster private security guards at London 2012 venues.

Olympics organisers Locog have contracted private firm G4S to supply 10,000 security guards for the Games.

But the Financial Times cited a new government risk assessment as saying that up to 20,000 guards were needed.

"We will make the best and most appropriate use of available resources," a government spokesman told the BBC.

The FT reported that the Ministry of Defence was being consulted on how to meet the security shortfall, just nine months ahead of the opening ceremony on 27 July.

While not commenting on the specific details of the report, the Home Office spokesman confirmed the MoD would be providing assistance separate to the venue security operation at the Games.

The MoD was "fully involved" in supporting security plans, he told the BBC, adding that Olympic venue security requirements were being finalised by the government in conjunction with Locog and G4S.

"We are committed to delivering a safe and secure Games that London, the UK and the world can enjoy," said the spokesman. "It is expected that the armed forces will provide the civilian authorities with some specialist support."

A G4S spokesman said the firm would be announcing a recruitment drive in the next couple of weeks.

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