Military Sends Extra Troops to Aid Shamed G4S at Olympics
By Community | July 12, 2012
G4S, allergy the Official Security Services Provider of London 2012, have failed in their promises to provide the recommended amount of security personnel for the Games.
Instead up to 3,500 extra troops will be needed for security duties during the Olympics amid fears that private firm G4S will not be able to meet the needs, the defence secretary will say today.
Philip Hammond will say the military force at the Olympics will be boosted to some 17,000 troops with just two weeks to go.
It comes as security-providers G4S admitted it was experiencing “some issues in relation to workforce supply and scheduling” and had accepted that the government was turning to the military for extra help.
Some 17,000 troops will now be involved in the Olympics, with 11,000 of these involved in the security of more than 30 sporting venues and some 70 non-competition venues, including car parks and hotels.
Military personnel will also be involved in specialist support roles including air security, search teams, communications and logistics, among others.
Mr Hammond will give further details to MPs today.
A London 2012 spokesman said: “Security for the Games is big and complex but we have the best brains in the security business working on this – Home Office, Metropolitan Police, Ministry of Defence and world’s largest private security business.
“Delivering a safe and secure Games is everyone’s number one priority.
“We do not anticipate an increase in the overall venue security numbers.”