Norfolk police owed £33,000 from G4S Olympic Games failure

Norfolk police owed £33,000 from G4S Olympic Games failure

By Tom Bristow
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
6:30 AM

An Olympic Games security scandal has left Norfolk Police almost £33,000 out of pocket and police forces across the country owed £5.6m.

The failure of private security firm G4S to recruit enough staff for the Games meant police forces from across the country had to fill in, alongside the army.

Nineteen forces have submitted claims to the Government for a total of £5,647,913, including Norfolk Constabulary which is owed £32,705.

Along with Suffolk police officers, they were sent to cover the road cycling races in Surrey between July 26 and 29.

The Home Office is now in discussion with G4S about recovering the costs.

Suffolk Constabulary is still owed £16,868 after it sent seven police constables and a sergeant to the cycling, on top of those who were already scheduled to help out at venues.

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire revealed the figures after a question from Labour MP David Hanson.

A G4S spokesman said: “We have explicitly said that we would be paying for all the additional police force costs during the Olympics.

“We are waiting for negotiations with [London Olympic Games organising committee] LOCOG to see what the other costs will be.

“We have been absolutely explicit since July that no taxpayer or police authority would be out of pocket – we have been very clear about it.”

The G4S security shortfall also resulted in thousands of troops being called in from the Armed Forces at the last minute.

Police were used during London 2012 for security functions, including guarding sporting venues and protecting athletes staying in hotels.

Figures showed there was a 35pc shortfall of G4S staff on its worst days during the Olympics, and a 4pc shortfall even “on the best days”.

Cambridgeshire police did not fill in for G4S staff.

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