Fallout from riots continues to affect security requirements for games; decisions await findings of public order report; mitigation measures deployed, but parallel events remain a concern
Concerns following last month’s riots in London and across England have continued to affect the detailed security manpower requirements planning for the games. Decisions on how to cope with major issues during the games, and the consequent need for personnel, will not now be made until after a new report on public order policing becomes available. However, it has already been publicly admitted that the police could not cope with events of a similar magnitude during the games, and a repeat of last month’s incident cannot entirely be ruled out (indeed, we concluded last time that criminals in particular would seek to make the most of police distraction).
A further notable concern remains the security of parallel events near Olympic sites, especially where large crowds are due to gather (see the CSARN 2012 Olympics Business Continuity Planner for more on these). Coordinating security across venues will be a major task and this could yet have a serious requirement for additional private sector assistance. Again, until the plan for the main sites is clear it will not be possible to ascertain the cascade of resources available. This therefore implies that there may be a sudden rush for security assistance as the plan consolidates, raising issues regarding recruitment of suitably vetted personnel and so forth. As ever, we will continue to monitor and report on the situation.