Have you ever thought about just how much coordination and communication goes into securing one of the world’s largest events – like the Olympics. Well….London is figuring that out right now in anticipation of London’s 2012 Olympics this summer. Not that they haven’t had to deal with large-scale events before (remember Will & Kate and the 20 million pounds that were spent on the security forces at their wedding?) but the Olympics may be a whole new thing!
This week, London is undergoes security training to test the response for emergency preparedness in the case of potential terror attacks at the events. This exercise brings back too recent memories from London’s most recent terror attack on the city’s metro system in 2005. On July 11, 2005, 52 commuters were killed by suicide bombers in what is the deadliest attack in Great Britain since World War II. In their security tests this week, London’s security personnel will focus on a disused metro station to run their drills.
“We want to deliver a Games where the sporting achievement and the Olympic spirit is what people will remember – not the security,” said British security minister James Brokenshire.
“To ensure that happens, we need to test our plans and this exercise gives us the opportunity to inform, reassure and build confidence in the UK’s safety and security operation,” Brokenshire added.
“We are determined to leave nothing to chance to deliver a safe and secure Games that London, Britain and the world can enjoy,” he said.
It would be interesting to be in London this week to see all the hoopla going on around town. I know that even though I don’t live in London, I am glad that the city is taking the security seriously to ensure the safety and security of all people in London for the Olympics.