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Security High Priority at London 2012 Games, Before During and After the Event

February 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 196

The games are set to be, not only the biggest peacetime event the UK has seen, but also the biggest policing operation our forces have had to tackle since the blitz. Proposed training initiatives are currently aimed at 250,000 officers and staff including how to tackle terrorist threats, public disorder, organised crime and what have been described as 'natural hazards'.

Nick Gargan, Chief Executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) said, 'Awareness training recognises that the games will need a massive national policing operation involving forces throughout the country to ensure that the games are policed effectively yet unobtrusively so that the celebrations are not overshadowed by security operations'.

Whilst this initiative by the NPIA will play an important role in informing police forces throughout the country it further emphasises the need for additional security personnel in support of the general security of the games, before, during and after the event.

Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, the National Olympic Security Coordinator said, 'Every force in the UK will play a key role in the Olympics - either by providing mutual aid to venue forces or policing Olympics related events. The games will be a once-in-a-lifetime event and it is vital that those policing them are clear of what is expected'.

There is still time to make your contribution to the 2012 Olympics. By understanding the complexity of what a massive security regime it will take to ensure the event runs smoothly, the opportunity to have worked there, in whatever capacity, will add considerable kudos to your CV and your future in the security industry.

The games themselves, starting with the torch relay in May to the closure of the Olympic Park in September, will provide four months hands-on experience at an event the size and scope of which is unlikely to happen again in the UK for a very long time; and don't forget the need for security protection before and after the games.

If you are looking for a way to boost your credentials it's time to act now in order to have your SIA Licence well in time for the games, and who knows you could be appointed to one of the crack teams employed either in the village, at the games themselves or at one of the many events dotted around the capital. This kind of opportunity, as the National Olympic Security Coordinator is quoted as saying 'will be a once-in-a-lifetime event', it's your chance to make a substantial change to your future employment prospects.

Clearly, if you decide that working at the UK 2012 Olympic Games is definitely one of the things you must do before the inevitable, now's the time to start your SIA training, get licensed and guarantee yourself a gold standard career.

The author is an experienced security instructor at Get Licensed and has worked in the front line. He also writes on his blog

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