Olympic Games 2012: London will put boots on the ground to improve security.
Troops will secure London Olympics 2012.
The UK Home Office spokesman confirmed the British Ministry of Defense MoD would be providing assistance separate to the venue security operation at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
The MoD was “fully involved” in supporting security plans, he told the BBC, adding that Olympic venue security requirements were being finalised by the government in conjunction with Locog and G4S.
“We are committed to delivering a safe and secure Games that London, the UK and the world can enjoy,” said the spokesman. “It is expected that the armed forces will provide the civilian authorities with some specialist support.”
The Olympics is set to be one of the UK’s biggest security tests – a 64-day operation, from when the Olympic village opens on 13 July to the time the Paralympic village closes on 12 September, covering 34 venues across Britain.
It comes in the wake of riots across England this summer – the country’s worst for three decades.
Eleven police forces and the military are involved in the security effort, which has a budget of up to £600m.
Reports suggest any financing for troop assistance would come from London 2012’s £9.3bn budget, rather than police or MoD coffers.
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