Cops Drafted In After G4S Staff Fail To Show
Police forces where Olympic Games venues are located have been asked to provide extra security, after G4S failed to provide enough staff.
Sky News understands that nine out of 12 police forces have been drafted in to help the embattled firm ensure the Games are kept secure.
The forces providing additional personnel include Strathclyde, West Midlands, Thames Valley, Greater Manchester and Dorset.
Sky News home affairs correspondent Mark White said: "The police say at this stage they have deployed hundreds of officers rather than thousands, but that could change in the coming days as more Olympic venues go into security lockdown."
"The need for extra officers will depend on whether G4S can meet its security commitment in the coming days and whether the military can deploy to those venues in time."
Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, the Police National Olympic Security Coordinator, told Sky News: "Whilst some of the activity police officers are undertaking was not anticipated, plans were put in place to allow us to do this.
"Forces are making sure they make the best use of their resources locally to do all they can to minimise the impact on local policing.
"Delivering a safe and secure Games is a priority, but we will not compromise on keeping our local communities safe."
The details emerged after Northumbria Police were called in to help G4S with Olympic football security.
Sky Tyne and Wear discovered that less than 10 G4S guards reported for duty out of an expected 58 staff, as Northumbria Police Federation called the security firm's blunder "shambolic".
Chairman Charlie Munro said: "We are an emergency service and of course we will provide cover. The situation really is shambolic.
"I really think G4S needs to be looked at. They are a very big organisation and they've had long enough to plan for this. It really doesn't fill us with confidence."
A spokesperson for G4S said: "As the games get closer, security is being tightened at venues around the UK, before the full complement of accredited staff have been assigned.
"Some venues are being supported by police in the short-term while the private security workforce is being mobilised.
"This situation is being rectified over the coming days, which should lead to the withdrawal of police from those roles assigned to private security."
The new revelation comes as Home Secretary Theresa May told the Commons about details behind the Olympic security crisis.
She said G4S only revealed last Wednesday that it had a staffing problem and the Government "took immediate action" in response.
"I want to be clear, this was the first time G4S told any minister about not being able to fulfil the contract," Mrs May told Parliament.
"G4S had repeatedly assured us it would overshoot their targets."
Defence minister Andrew Robathan told the Commons that the Olympic security situation was a "debacle".
The crisis has escalated since it was revealed last week that thousands of troops were needed to provide venue security after G4S admitted it may not be able to provide its full complement of 10,400 staff.
Mrs May said 20,000 G4S staff had been vetted and accredited, however the main problem was a shortfall when the company tried to allocate staff among venue.
She confirmed that no member of the armed forces would be out of pocket or losing leave entitlement over the need to deploy and supplement G4S staff.
The G4S share price plunged around 10% during early Monday trading before closing 24.1p down at 254.78p, more than 8.5% on the day.
Meanwhile, newly-appointed chairman John Connolly agreed to meet key City investors to discuss the crisis and its impact on the company.
Embattled CEO Nick Buckles now appears increasingly likely to become a victim of the debacle, which has been estimated to cost the firm £50m.
Some experts, however, expect the damage to be much deeper than the company has calculated and G4S' plans to nearly double its UK Government outsourcing are now under threat.
The company has been advertising for a new HR director, to be paid a six-figure sum, to manage 3,500 staff as they launch "ambitious plans" to reach a turnover of £400m by 2015.
Labour MP Keith Vaz has called into question the firm's role in outsourcing and said the company has "let down" the country.
what do you think?
G4S share price plunge? Some good news at last.
But then those with money will buy them up at rock bottom prices and make a fortune when they rise In the meantime those with pensions will suffer Nice to see you support the rich
The story has changed, so now the police are having to stand in for G4S people. The police have the power to stop any event which does not have adequate security, and also the power to determine whether a police presence is necessary, how strong it should be, and to charge for their services. Let's hope that bill is paid, in full, by G4S.
Cannot see coppers working for minimum wage David can you,If G4S paid proper wages they would get all the staff they need and let police get on with their own job.The only person who stands to gain is the owner of G4S,another FAT CAT.
True, Robert. What they could have done was call upon retired police officers for the work, but they would still have expected a fair rate of pay.
Why not use territorial army members to police the games? Im sure if the Government had payed their employers the cost of those being away from their daytime jobs it would have saved many £milions. G4s has proven itself in the past to be incompitent (remember the prisoners escape debacle?). Use the resourses we have already rather than use a private firm who have already proved their uselessness. The problem is Governments have cash pouring in 365 days a year and no one is accountable. Run a business like this & you'd be bancrupt within a week!!. If any Government is involved its guarenteed to be a shambles.
The TA are already heavily involved, indeed some of my staff are out of action for the three months of the Olympics. I recon every town that is hosting an event / venue should have been given the task to provide the security. I am sure that many people on the dole would have stepped up for the paid employment so long as the benefits were not withdrawn for the period of that public service. How much cheeper would that have been.
Ged, They did recruit many from the dole queues for the job, watching the news today it seems they couldnt be boithered to turn up for work. Either the dole pays too much or they stayed in because its raining lol
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Correct Jed. There are hundreds and thousands of (already can speak English) people on the dole who would have grabbed these jobs, assuming of course they paid a decent wage?
Will, in some cases the dole doesn't pay anything.
I sense that profiteering by the Cray Brothers .. OOPs I meant G4S may be the cause of much of their problems. But the government must take some of the blame for expecting any company to recruit vast numbers of staff for such a short term contract as the Olympics. Recruiting these numbers for short term is not something that can be done years or even months in advance as peoples lives and commitments change too often and quickly even when not in reccession. Also the football stadiums being used could have been contracted by G4S to provide their own security via the stadiums supporters club under the direction of a G4S local manager/rep thus reducing the pressure on G4S I think this solution could have been employed for many of the venues outside of Stratford. At the end of the day, it appears to me the games are now more about profit than a major sporting event.
It was Kray brothers and NOT Cray. Show some respect! I would also add that when it comes down to the ability of organisation they would have done a far better job of it than the present bunch of incompetants!
So how is an "army" of quickly recruited partially trained part time G4S going to protect us? Mr Wouldbe terrorist gets stopped at a checkpoint or in a scanner with a suicide vest on--whats the terrorist going to do -----whatever he had planned to do anyway but perhaps just in a different place.
Give them a break, theyve only had over 6 years to prepare!!!! Complete joke, we're a laughing stock. Millions unemployed and we cant scrape together 10,000 bodies for less than 2 months work? Someone needs sacking. I'd start with Cameron and Clegg.
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Quickly followed by G4s boss who claims he is the man for the job. Ha ha ha I bet there are thousands on the dole who could have done his job better
Keep GB safe.... get the Met. in !!!!!!
Could not run a raffle, What a farce G4s are a total waste of time & money. I hope all the senior execs get the sack because they must have known there was a problem ages ago!
With an event this large there are bound to be hitches and the national press are definitely going to jump on any hint of a scandal. I'm sure in 2 months time we'll be looking a back at a successful Olympics and all these stories will be long forgotten
Was G4S not started by a minister of Maggie Thatcher? We should have expected this happening when it was run by a tory.Theresa May ccan not get her story right ,saying one thing then doing a u turn and saying something different, but this is what the torys are good at doing u turns.
I realise there is a section of the public out thee in that would like pin everything that has ever gone wrong on Lady Thatcher but this is not one of those things. G$S was originally started at the begining of the 20th century by a Dane. It merged later with a Belgian security firm. Started working for the UK govt in 1993.
Hello Chris....... 'Lady' Thatcher, hardly a lady methinks!
Although most of todays financial problems, and mass unemployment due to bankers given a free hand, and the manufacturing base being decimated, is down to Maggot Thatcher, i don't think she is responsible for this debacle. And quite right, she's no Lady.
It's raining again. All the the fault of Thatcher i say.
Lol why does every event organised by the British turn into a shambles? Security issues airport issues transport workers strike threats. . .
Has it turned into a shambles or does the media blow this out of proportion for sales and opposition to gain some political advantage It seem to be a national disease to run the country down and all the miserable idiot jump on the band wagon The jubilee despite the doom mongers went without a hitch - no doubt the olympics will be the same and the miserable suds will move on to the next topic
This is turning into a total farce - must be laughing stock of world by now, doubt we'll be trusted to host any major event again not that we'd been given short notice of Olympics was it and would have thought security was top priority
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" " Sky Tyne and Wear discovered that less than 10 G4S guards reported for duty out of an expected 58 staff, as Northumbria Police Federation called the security firm's blunder "shambolic""". This only gets better and better. Now we are running short of police in our towns all to pull G4s out of the preverbial ... G4s have managed to bring the country to it's knees, and still their boss says he is the man for the job. I think the job should be mine
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Home Secretary Theresa May and crew should have been on top of the situation and checking hard that this company was up to speed. It is no good her trying ro get the message across that "WE knew nothing". She should have had a team intheir checking at every turn. This would be expected of any company on such a large project. In other words you dont simply take their word for it. You get in there and you check check check.
Having had experience of G4S mode of operation, they would have just lied about the figures. Say you need 10,000 staff. G4S then figure out the bare minimum they need, say 6,000. They still charge for 10,000 though. Therefore getting paid for staff that are not there. Pure profit because they don't need to subtract staff wages from the 4,000 that don't exist.
Just wait 'til the taxpayer gets the bill for all the coppers' overtime. Never mind, don't forget the Olympics are good for the British economy.......yeah, for the economy of a select few. It's not about the sport, it's all about money. Last minute chaos, it's the British way.
What incompetent, mindless idiots gave the contract to G4S? Nobody with a sembelence of business knowhow would have done this!! Now let me see, the contract was awarded in 2006 under the auspicies of a labour controlled government. Why is it that everything that Labour was associated with is a disaster?
To true!! They left us to pick up the tab. All contracts signed under them, schools, hospitals etc all pfi. Contracts awarded for schools and hospitals 240billion pounds but the actual assets 60billion.
Dont blame Labour for this I have worked for G4s before and they are toss I was left 12 hours without a brake on the second day on the job I got an email on the blackberry asking me if I could work at that event when I had been there two days already then they even messed up when paying me so it aint Labours fult its G4s for useing students and people of the dole who dont give a toss because they are cheaper
Phylip de la Maziere
IS G4S now short for God 4saken ? is this the start of yet another UK fiasco ? will be become the laughing stock of the world? YOU BET!!!
Margaret Thatcher said 'This lady is not for turning' , not like this bunch we have now they make a turn even when there is nowhere. to turn to. . . . . .
friend of mine is a RM in Afghanistan.......and knew 3 months ago!!!!! Shame Theresa........you can LIE just like LIEBIOUR!!!!!
This whole Olympics show has been a farce from the getgo .. God knows just how much its costing this country to stage it . I used to be excited about the prospect of the games here but sadly I,m more disturbed byt the day hearing about every part of it being like the Keystone Kops . Its enough to make you want to cry