Patt Morrison for July 24, 2012

Olympic security firm GS4 remains short on manpower

Soliders walk to their posts at the Olym


Soldiers walk to their posts at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 24, 2012, three days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

With an extra 4.6 million overseas visitors expected in London for the Olympics, it should come as no surprise that the city is in a panic over the fact that the firm tapped to provide its security has less than half of the number of staff it originally promised to deliver.

GS4 won a contract worth 284 millions pounds after promising to deliver 13,700 guards; as of Friday, the firm has only confirmed hiring a total of 4,000 people.

On Thursday, GS4 sent out a Hail Mary request to the National Association of Retired Police Officers stating that it is “currently and urgently recruiting for extra support for the Olympics.”

Both the Guardian and the Daily Mail have also reported concerns over the quality of training that the 4,000 confirmed employees received.


Mike Hillman, retired deputy chief, LAPD, former asst sheriff for Orange County Sheriff’s Department; consultant with Kroll Security

Brian Jackson, senior physical scientist at RAND focusing on homeland security & terrorism preparedness

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