Olympic security shortfall

Police called in to boost security after shortfall at Manchester athletes hotel.

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'Disgrace' for police to have to fill Olympic security shortfall

"Failures of G4S have impacted upon day-to-day policing in GMP as officers are being dragged away from normal duties.

"It is a disgrace that thanks to G4S, Greater Manchester Police's communities are losing their local police officers.

"Our officers are being sent at a moment`s notice to underpin a security operation that is rapidly achieving the status of a farce.

"I am only glad we have still got enough officers to plug the gap for G4S Olympics staff who didn't turn up to Manchester venues."

– Ian Hanson, Chair Greater Manchester Police Federation

Olympic security 'shortfall' discovered in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Police say they were drafted in to cover a shortfall in Olympic security at a Worsley Hotel.

"On Saturday 14 July 2012, Greater Manchester Police became aware of a shortfall in security services for athletes participating in the 2012 Olympic Games.

"On Sunday 15 July 2012 a policing operation was set up by GMP officers to assist with the security operation to protect athletes staying at the main Olympic team hotel in Worsley.

"At no point was their a failure to provide security for the athletes.

"We have worked closely with the security contractor and the London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG) in relation to this matter, as we have throughout the planning phase of the Olympic Games.

"Extra policing resources have had to be called in, but there has been a minimal impact on policing the local communities that we serve on a daily basis."

– Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, Greater Manchester Police

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