The Home Office is responsible for ensuring the 2012 Olympic Games is safe and secure. Find out about our plans for Olympic security and other work to make the Games a success.
Latest Olympic news
Home Secretary statement on Olympic security
Theresa May has made a statement in the House of Commons on Olympic security.
Published 12 July 2012
Security Minister visits Olympic sailing site
James Brokenshire visited Weymouth and Portland to see how security plans are developing ahead of the Games.
Published 14 May 2012
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
The government Olympic communication team has set up two Twitter accounts. You can follow:
- @2012govuk – the single government voice on the Games
- @2012govpress – a channel serving the needs of the estimated 40,000 journalists attending the Games
Hosting the Olympic Games requires a huge effort, and we have already done much to deliver a safe and secure event. We have:
- upgraded and enhanced the capability of police gold control rooms, including; additional command and control terminals, upgrades to CCTV capability, more operational pods to manage incidents and various technology enhancements
- announced plans to increase the maximum penalty for touting Olympic and Paralympic tickets from £5,000 to £20,000
- invested in the police service's Olympic Intelligence Centre, which is now operating
- expanded the capacity of the Airwave radio system, to ensure that every single officer working on or around the Olympic venues will be able to use it as their primary source of communications
- invested in the police led multi-agency National Olympic Coordination Centre (NOCC) to oversee safety and security operations at Games time.
Travelling to the UK
With high numbers of visitors to the UK during the Olympics, it is important that people are prepared for their arrival. If you are travelling to the UK, watch the video below to find out what to expect when you arrive.
Please email the Home Office public enquiries email address if you have any questions.