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Security: Olympic Games 2012

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are plans to contract private security firms for the 2012 Olympics. (308811)

The Private Security Industry will play a role in delivering a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic games. LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will require an estimated 6,000 people to protect their assets, protect the perimeters of their venues, screen people and vehicles entering the venues and also to work as safety stewards in the venues.

The Olympic and Paralympic Security Directorate (OSD) within the office for security and counter-terrorism (OSCT) of the Home Office is supporting an innovative project called ‘Bridging the Gap’ which aims to train up to 10,000 young adults to Security Industry Authority standards to fill these roles. The OSD is working closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), LOCOG and the ‘Bridging the Gap’ project to ensure that sufficient numbers are trained and that there is a legacy for the young people in terms of job opportunities in the Private Security Industry, and other uniform services after the games. The OSD is also engaging the Private Security Industry to ensure they are aware of the challenge ahead, not just in securing the games, but also in ensuring that levels of service to businesses elsewhere in the UK are maintained.