Securing the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games

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

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.

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Please email the Home Office public enquiries email address if you have any questions.