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Olympic Games 2012: Security

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of police officers required to police the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (273246)

The Home Office is committed to making the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games safe and secure. On 25 February the Government approved a 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Safety and Security Strategy and accompanying 2012 National Concept of Operations.

Delivering the strategy will require the deployment of substantial numbers of police officers additional to normal day to day requirements. We are working with police forces and the Association of Chief Police Officers to refine this requirement. We cannot give a definitive estimate at this stage in the planning, which will always also need to remain flexible to changes in the risks the games face. At peak times of the games we currently anticipate deployment to be broadly similar to events such as the Notting Hill Carnival, which last year involved some 11,000 tours of duty by Metropolitan Police officers over the bank holiday weekend.

Planning decisions on police numbers will need to take into account both the operational requirement and the need to demonstrate affordability and value for money within the overall £600 million funding envelope. These decisions will be consistent with the risk-based and intelligence-led approach set out in our strategy.