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SBD Global/July 20, 2012/Olympics
U.K. Politician Calls Outsourcing Of Police Into Question
Published July 20, 2012
INTO THE BREACH: In London, Nick Hopkins wrote that the military "is to provide an extra 1,200 troops for Olympics security" to fill the gaps left by private security firm G4S. The personnel will be put on 48 hours notice to move -- meaning that they "can be mobilised quickly if required." The decision was announced after a meeting on Thursday between officials from the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Culture, Media and Sports. G4S executives were also in attendance (GUARDIAN, 7/19).
FROM THE HOME OFFICE: The PA reported U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May admitted on Thursday that her office was warned of a "possible temporary shortfall" in G4S guards for the London Games as early as June 27. May said G4S and LOCOG met at the Home Office on June 27 and said they were "experiencing scheduling problems," which could see a shortfall of "significantly less than 1,000" guards. U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the "numbers of staff provided by the company were rising, and there was currently no need to deploy more military personnel" (PA, 7/19).