The 2012 London Olympics were held at the Olympic Park in East London from Friday, July 27, 2012 to Sunday, August 12, 2012. The Olympics have been held in London two times before the 2012 Olympics, once in 1908 and once in 1948 (Scott). Over 10,500 athletes participated from over 204 countries, over 120,000 people were going to the Olympic Park every day to watch the Olympics. Over 302 medal events were being held, with three swimmers being the top medalists in the 2012 London Olympics (“Olympics”). There were a lot of people at the London Olympics, but the questions is, was the security prepared for the amount of people showing up to the 2012 London Olympics. The Olympics were not prepared with what was expected from the security; 10,000 security guards were expected from a private security agency, numerous people had been arrested weeks before the Olympics due to terrorism threats, and people were worried that the Olympic players were not going to be in a safe environment. The one to blame is the private security contractor G4S, they were the ones who caused the shortage of security guards.
A private security agency was expected to have delivered 10,000 guards to the 2012 London Olympics. The security agency had over 100,000 people apply to be a guard, they only interviewed 50,000, and only 4,000 were trained and ready one week before the Olympics. The Security Agency G4S seemed as if they were not determined to have the guards ready for the Olympics, only interviewing half of the people that applied. The British had to take 3,500 troops out from Afghanistan so they could help with the lack of security guards for the Olympics, there will be about 17,000 British troops helping with security checks (Riccobono). Private sponsors’,…
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