· Mihir Bose - BBC sports editor
· 1 Jul 08, 03:00 PM
London 2012 overestimated the number of security personnel that would be available for the Olympic Games by over six times, a top private sector security expert told a conference on 2012 security in
If not this would put pressure on the police who would have to step in.
David Evans, Project Director 2012 for the British Security Industry Association, also told a 2020 security conference that the bid had assumed that there would be a public private sector partnership which would deliver Games security.
But such a partnership has never been undertaken before, will be very difficult to deliver and there is no mechanism for it. Much more needs to be done urgently to make sure it happens so that there is proper security for the 2012 Games.
The London Games will be the biggest security operation ever seen in this country, possibly for any event in the world.
Evans highlighted security problems in previous Games including a bomb blast in the Olympic Park in
There were also security issues in
Evans has drawn up plans to train more personnel which will be presented to the London 2012 organising committee and government officials at a briefing on Thursday. Organisers, security experts and police alike must now hope that his solution will work.
The security conference on 2012 organised by the Royal United Services Institute, Rusi to the people in the know, reflected the fact that with little over four years to go until the Games, security is now a huge issue for London 2012.
Tarique Ghaffur, the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner in charge of security for 2012, admitted to the conference that there can never be enough personnel for security, much reliance would be placed on technology and the whole security system would have to be more proactive.
During the games a total of 5,000 police officers will be required with 1,500 of them coming from outside
In addition to this in order to provide adequate protection services, which includes VIP protection, the police would have to find additional dogs and horses - numbers of which have been scaled down in recent years - and retired officers with relevant expertise may have to be brought back.
The agreement with the International Olympic Committee means anyone accredited for the Games can enter the country and there is need to make sure this accreditation procedure is done early.
Ghaffur spoke at some length of the need for a proper command and control structure.
Although he didn't go into the behind-the-scenes dealings on this issue, I understand this is something which has caused much debate and disagreement between various government departments as to who might foot the bill.
The Home Office will present a fully costed security plan by the autumn.
The £9.3 billion budget for the Games has provided £
What is still not clear is how much of this contingency might be needed for additional security costs, or whether this might cause the budget to increase beyond £9.3billion.
private sector 社會經濟中心私營部份
put pressure on 欺騙, 捉弄
step in 插手干預, 介入
mechanism 機械裝置, 機械作用
run off 使流出, 印出
draw up 起草,制定
in the know 知情的
Metropolitan Police 倫敦警察隊 (縮寫 Met)
in charge of 主管, 照料
reliance 信賴, 信任, 信心
proactive (心)前攝的 – (這各意思有點怪)
adequate 能滿足需要量的, 足夠的
foot the bill 負擔費用, 會帳
contingency fund 應急費用