The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games promise to be the greatest sporting events in UK history. The Home Office is responsible for making sure that the London 2012 Olympic games are safe and secure - find out what we doing to ensure the games are safe.
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Special police unit to follow Olympic torch
The Olympic Torch protection team gets ready for the London Games.
Published 9 March 2012
Olympic security plan put to the test
A major two day exercise is held to test government and emergency services responses to a terrorist incident.
Published 22 February 2012
Tents banned from Olympic sites
Home Secretary Theresa May has announced new security measures ahead of the Olympics, including the banning of tents and camping equipment from Olympic venues.
Published 25 January 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games background checks begin
More than 380,000 athletes, officials, workers and media who need access to Olympic and Paralympic venues in the summer of 2012 will be accredited.
Published 27 October 2011
Let the Games begin!
Celebrations will begin with the torch relay in May, with the Games opening on 27 July 2012 and going right through to 9 September.
Together the Olympic and Paralympic Games will see around 14,700 athletes from 205 countries competing at venues in London and around the UK.
All this will take place alongside regular events such as Wimbledon and the Notting Hill Carnival, as well as celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Olympics facts and figures
Some key numbers related to the Games:
- 14,700 athletes from 205 countries will compete
- 26 Olympic sports will take place in 34 venues
- 20 Paralympic sports will take place in 21 venues
- approximately eight million tickets will be sold for the Olympic Games, with another two million for the Paralympic Games
- 20,000 members of the world’s media are expected to attend.
The legacy of the Games
Security for the Games will leave a lasting positive legacy:
- making communities more resilient against crime and the threat from violent extremism
- improving relationships between police and other security agencies
- providing experience and knowledge that will help make other major sporting events - including the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014 – even safer.
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