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UK Olympic officials boost security

07-19-2012 16:10 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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Confidence in the London Olympics has been undermined by a security contractor's failure to supply sufficient guards. This according to a parliamentary report released Thursday. The report expressed dismay over the inability of security firm G4S to recruit all the guards it had promised. It also criticized the government and the Games organizers for this failure.

Protecting the Olympics.

The operation is being coordinated from a special operations room, run by officers at headquarters of the London police force.

Live video feeds are provided from key Olympic venues, train and tube stations, and highway intersections.

Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne said the government was doing everything possible to guard against security threats.

British foreign office minister Jeremy Browne said, "One end of the scale, obviously you’re talking about really appalling terrorist attacks, the 9/11 type scenarios, and we are doing everything we possibly can to anticipate those types of threats and to guard against them. But at the other end we’re also talking about crowd management, ticket fraud, all of those what are a bit more mundane or might appear a bit more mundane, but could be a threat to people in some circumstances."

Britain’s official threat level is currently set at "substantial" - level three of the five-level range. This indicates that an attack is a strong possibility.

Despite the G4S fiasco, the man in charge of policing the event insists that it hasn’t affected the overall security plan.

Olympic police chief Chris Allison said, "The plan is exactly the same as it was before. Everything that we were going to do before is going to be done now - we’re just going to do it with different people. We’ve got 3,500 extra military who are assisting us, we’ve got extra police officers if required that will go and assist, so the Games will be safe and secure as we always said."

The UK military has decided to bring in three and a half thousand extra servicemen to plug the gap.

Meanwhile, over twelve thousands police will be on Olympics duty each day. They will be backed up by soldiers, fighter jets and missile batteries on the top of apartment blocks near the Olympics site in east London.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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