By Paul O’Hare
30 May 2014 05:20
Glasgow 2014: 10,000-strong army of police, military and security personnel to protect fans and athletes during Games
COMMONWEALTH Games organisers revealed Scottish Prison Service staff will be drafted in for the event, while 17 private security companies – including G4S – will also be involved.
AN army of more than 10,000 police, military and security personnel will protect athletes and spectators during the Commonwealth Games.
Organisers yesterday confirmed Scottish Prison Service staff will also be involved in carrying out searches at venues.
Project Servator will also involve 17 private security companies, including G4S.
The firm hit the headlines after they failed to recruit enough staff for the London Olympics and have only been approved to provide safety stewarding staff in Glasgow.
The security director for Glasgow 2014 yesterday said the operation will put Scotland under a global spotlight and will be unprecedented in its scale.
Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen also urged the public to play their part when the event begins on July 23.
He said: “Police, private contract security staff and safety stewards and military personnel will all be working together to keep people safe before and during the games as we see an influx of visitors to Glasgow and Scotland and local communities get ready for the Games.
“Stewards and security staff from the private sector will help to ensure sites are protected and members of the public are safe.
“Military personnel from UK units will be deployed to take on front-facing roles.”
Armed officers and plain- clothed officers will also be involved, as well as special constables and police youth volunteers.
Fewer than 100 Scottish Prison staff will help with people and vehicle searches.
Allen added: “There is one more critical safety and security team asset – the public.
“The success of the safety and security operation will be achieved with their support and I would ask them to remain vigilant”
The multi-agency approach is designed to avoid the mistakes made in London when it emerged sole contractor G4S did not have enough trained security staff – just 16 days before the Games began.
Glasgow 2014 chief operating officer David Leather said all staff will have Security Industry Authority accreditation. He added: “We’re applying a level of scrutiny that is unprecedented. That means there is accountability at every step of the way.”
Earlier this month, it was confirmed that 2400 armed forces personnel would help provide security. The Army will provide 900, with 300 each from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
The MoD said 900 personnel would be kept on standby.
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