Olympics Should Leave Security Legacy

Released on = December 15, 2006, 1:40 am

Press Release Author = Andrew Greenfield

Industry = Government

Press Release Summary = The legacy of the London 2012 Olympics could be a security
one as much as a sporting one, according to the man in charge of protecting the

Press Release Body = Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector Andrew Amery has been
involved in drawing up the security arrangements for the London Olympics since the
bid was first put together, and is now working full time on the event.

Speaking at the Event and Venue Security Conference in London, Chf Insp Amery said
that while it was important that security didn't become the public focus of the
games, there could be significant benefits for the communities living around Olympic

"The Olympics is no longer about event security, but global security; it's a global
event taking place on the world stage."

"We want the security legacy to be us leaving a safe and secure environment for the
communities of East London after the games, on issues such as Safer Neighbourhoods,
lighting and crime prevention. We want a games and a legacy that will reduce crime
and the fear of crime."

While he refused to comment on specific security arrangements or costs for the 2012
Games, Chf Insp Amery said there would be a vital role for the private security
industry to play, and that organisers were focusing on a "partnership approach".

"There is a working group looking into the role of the private security industry at
the games," he added, with issues such as crowd management, searching ticket holders
and technical security among the main areas under consideration.

The organising committee for the London Games will also be looking at lessons
learned from previous Olympics, and Francesco Norante, Head of Security for the 2006
Winter Olympics in Torino, outlined to delegates the organisational structures and
measures that were put in place for that event.

Mr Norante said that the event had presented a number of security challenges -
particularly in the planning stages - including:

The need for joint planning and operations with private organisations which may
not share a common ethos,
Co-ordinating a multitude of resources which may only be arriving just prior to
the Games,
The need to assign full time resources during the planning process,
Balancing the security requirements without compromising the level of service.

He added that among the lessons learned form the event in Torino was the importance
of assigning law enforcement commanders to full time Olympic duties not less than 12
months before the Games start, and the need for co-locating the law enforcement
planning and operations team within the organising committee HQ. Mr Norante is now
carrying out a senior security role for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The Event and Venue Security Conference was taking place alongside London's largest
ever security exhibition, featuring more than 150 leading companies including
SecurityOracle.com, the website for the security industry. Andrew Greenfield,
SecurityOracle.com MD, said: "The standard of debate in the conference was matched
by the innovation and technology on display in the exhibition, and we had a
fantastic response over the two days from delegates and exhibition visitors alike."

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Contact Details = Andrew Greenfield
Security Oracle
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