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U.K. Ministry Of Defence To Control London Airspace During Olympic Games
Published May 24, 2012
OUT IN FULL FORCE: The AP’s Rob Harris noted British police “will deploy around 12,500 officers to protect the Olympic Games after facing strong criticism for their lack of manpower and slow response to last year's U.K. riots.” The Olympic operation, drawing officers “from 52 forces across Britain, will bolster the 10,500 army personnel already tasked with securing the July 27-Aug. 12 Games.” Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, who is coordinating Olympic policing, insisted officers on patrol will not be "oppressive." But he said that there “will be a robust response from the outset -- unlike during the riots -- with annual leave for officers heavily restricted and non-essential training postponed” (AP, 5/21).