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Safety and security

Safety and security

Our aim is to ensure safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, which everyone can enjoy. 

Making the Games secure

Staff at the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Olympic Delivery Authority are working closely with Government and a host of policing, safety and security agencies to achieve a safe and secure Games.

Together with our partners we are aiming to achieve a Games that everyone can share in and celebrate safely whilst causing minimal disruption to daily life in London and the rest of the UK.

The UK has an excellent track record of regularly hosting and policing major events safely and securely. We shall build on this expertise, as well as our considerable counter-terrorism capability for the Games.

As well as planning for Games time, we are building security into the designs for the Olympic Park and venues. 

London and the rest of the UK regularly host and police major events safely and securely. By building on this considerable, renowned security experience, London 2012 can leave a positive legacy. 

Coordinated planning

Security planning for the Games requires national coordination. We're working closely with a wide range of partners to achieve this. These include:

  • The Home Office
  • The Association of Chief Police Officers
  • The Metropolitan Police Service
  • Dorset Police, Essex Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police where events such as Sailing, Mountain Biking and Rowing will take place
  • The Government Olympic Executive (GOE)
  • London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service
  • The Department for Transport
  • Many other government departments and agencies involved in safety and security

We're also working with local communities, authorities and businesses, as well as with police authorities and international partners to develop and promote our approach.

Achievements so far

We have already got off to a strong start:

  • The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Safety and Security Strategy was agreed by Ministers in February 2009.
  • The Olympic Security Directorate (OSD), within the Home Office, has been set up to oversee the strategy and ensure it is delivered on time and to budget.
  • A dedicated Intelligence Unit has been created within the police service, ensuring vital information is gathered and shared amongst security partners.
  • The IOC have inspected our security planning and are satisfied with progress.
  • A dedicated team has been set up to police the Olympic Park construction site, helping to make sure the site is safe and secure for workers and residents alike.
  • A dedicated London 2012 lead has been created within the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Government will work closely with the industry on the provision of Games-time security staff.
  • A number of scenario-based exercises have been undertaken at both strategic and tactical levels.

For more information on Olympic and Paralympic Games security planning, visit the Home Office website