London 2012 Locks Down Security Services Provider
LOCOG (The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) unveiled G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Limited has the Official Security Services Provider and a tier three sponsor of London 2012. Under the agreement, G4S, which employs more than 50,000 people, will be responsible for recruiting, training and managing the 10,000-strong security workforce that will be tasked with securing the Games alongside colleagues from the police and local authorities across all London 2012 competition and non-competition venues.
The group, which provides security services for Wimbledon and the AELTC, has extensive experience in the security of sporting and other major events and has been responsible for the security at the Olympic Park site in east London since 2008. The deal with LOCOG will cover all Olympic and Paralympic venues across the UK.
"This deal represents where we are with our plans for the Games – we’re now looking at operational delivery," LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton said. "G4S will help us ensure that the security provisions in place are robust and of the highest professionalism and we welcome them to the London 2012 family. Our commercial programme has been a great success and we’re now approaching our targets which will contribute to the staging of spectacular Games in 2012."
"We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the Official Security Services Provider for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games," David Taylor-Smith, Regional CEO of G4S UK and Africa, commented. "We have worked extremely hard with LOCOG, the Police, central government and the host venues and boroughs to develop a security proposal which will provide excellent security for the Games, whilst ensuring that spectators, competitors and providers of services to the Games can enjoy the spectacle of one of the greatest sporting events in the world."