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SBD Global/July 25, 2012/Olympics
Games Bring In More Security Guards After Failed Attempt By G4S
Published July 25, 2012
THE HOLE IS GETTING DEEPER: Also in London, Nick Hopkins wrote the credibility of G4S running the Olympics' security has been "called into further question by claims that scores of trainees are being allowed to 'cheat' their way through tests for the x-ray machines that detect homemade bombs and other weapons." A source reported that trainees who fail the test are being given "repeated opportunities to get the right answers to the same questions, and are also being allowed to confer with others during the exams under the noses of instructors" (GUARDIAN, 7/23). A G4S spokesperson said, "The candidates work through practice modules and the subsequent ‘test’ modules at their own pace on their own PC’s with trainers available should the candidates have any issues. We offer advice and guidance but do not direct candidates in how to dispose items. It is not uncommon or wrong to repeat modules" (London TELEGRAPH, 7/24).
A GOOD FEELING: REUTERS' Mike Collett-White wrote that despite all of the "grumbling by a notoriously critical media and Londoners braced for disruptions to their daily lives, the sense of excitement is palpable" at the London Games, along with the "sun shining brightly after weeks of rain." The early buzz from Monday evening's technical rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony at the main stadium of the Olympic Park "was positive, suggesting film-maker Danny Boyle's unusual, quirky and ambitious vision might just work." Britain's National Olympic Security Adviser Chris Allison said, "I'm very satisfied that we're in a very good place." Allison added, "We've done all the planning, we've looked at the way in which terrorists have attacked in the past and we try to make sure that none of those could get through our security measures" (REUTERS, 7/24).