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SBD/July 17, 2012/Olympics
U.K. Army Officials Taking Control Of London Olympics Security Management
Published July 17, 2012
LAST-MINUTE MEASURES: In London, Hamilton, Watson, Haynes & O’Connor note, “Hundreds of police officers were drafted in to provide last-minute Olympic security yesterday when G4S staff failed to turn up at football stadiums, athletes’ hotels and training venues.” In Salford, Greater Manchester, “only 17 of an expected 56 G4S staff turned up for work at an Olympic team hotel” (LONDON TIMES, 7/17). CBS News' Elizabeth Palmer reported some venues will "still be short of security guards," so a plan to "reassign local police" was put into action. Parker: "No one thinks these last-minute changes will compromise Olympic security, just the credibility of the organizers” (“Evening News,” CBS, 7/16). The LONDON TIMES’ Haynes cites a source as saying that the military is “taking a much more ‘hands-on role’ in ensuring the security of each Olympic site” (LONDON TIMES, 7/17). Also in London, Booth & Haynes note, “There also remained the possibility last night that even more troops would be put on standby.” However, “no decision needed to be taken until the middle of the week, once the scale of any future gap was better understood” (LONDON TIMES, 7/17).
COMING UP ROSES: The GLOBE & MAIL’s Paul Waldie writes nothing "appeared to be bothering" LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton yesterday. Not the "growing scandal over security, or the smattering of unfinished venues, or the transportation tie-ups." Not even the "pouring rain seemed to get under his skin.” Deighton said the venues “are pretty much ready." He added, "There are always some final bits and pieces, like putting on the look. It has been raining a lot, so at outdoor venues, you sort of wait for the last minute and polish things up and get them ready” (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/17).