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New Olympic strategy plans for safe and secure Games

21 July 2009

A new strategy outlines how the government is working to ensure a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, within the £600M allocated security budget.

Safe and secure

Hosting a safe and secure Games will be one of the largest, most complex security challenges the UK has ever faced.

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Safety and Security Strategy (new window) outlines how we plan to run a safe and secure Olympics, including:

  • protecting the venues, events and transport to and from the Games, and those attending and using them
  • preparing for events that may significantly disrupt the safety and security of the Games, and make sure that contingency plans are in place 
  • identifying and disrupting potential threats to the safety and security of the Games
  • working with international and domestic partners and local communities to ensure the Games are safe and secure.

The strategy is the result of close cooperation between the Government Olympic Executive, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the office of the London Mayor, the security and emergency services and a wide range of other government departments and agencies.

Security on time and to budget

Home Secretary Alan Johnson said, ‘Our promise of a safe and secure 2012 Olympics was a major factor in the decision to bring the Games to this country and it is something I am determined to deliver.
‘This strategy sets out how we will deliver our aim of an Olympic experience that everyone can enjoy and confirms that security planning is progressing in good time and to budget.’

Where and when

The Olympic and Paralympic Games run from 27 July to 9 September 2012. There will be 26 Olympic sports in 34 venues and 20 Paralympic sports in 21 venues across London and the United Kingdom.

We are expecting:

  • 250,000 accredited persons (including 14,000 athletes from over 200 participating countries) 
  • 6000 coaches and officials  
  • 20,000 media representatives

An estimated nine million tickets are likely to be sold.

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