The Government did not know until last Wednesday that G4S had failed to recruit and train enough security staff for the London Olympics, the Home Secretary told the House of Commons yesterday. Theresa May denied reports that ministers knew of the shortfall earlier.
G4S chief executive Nick Buckles has admitted that his company’s failure to fulfil the Olympics security contract has been a ‘humiliating shambles’. And, under questioning by members of the Home Affairs Select Committee, he said G4S would pick up police forces’ costs in providing extra officers to fill the gap.
The chairman of Essex Police Federation has thanked colleagues from across the country for their support following the death of off-duty PC Ian Dibell in an incident in Clacton on Monday.
Chris Jones, secretary of the West Midlands Police Federation has reported today that that its officers were being prepared to guard the Ricoh Arena in Coventry as part of the London 2012 Games, amid concerns G4S would not be able to cover the security requirements.
Police leaders fear public safety could be put at risk during the London Olympics after security firm G4S admitted it had failed to recruit and train enough guards. Ian Edwards, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, has spoken out after yesterday’s Government announcement that up to 3,500 extra troops would be drafted in for security duties during the Games.
News that Surrey Police has halted its privatisation project has been welcomed by West Midlands Police Federation. Surrey was working in partnership with West Midlands Police on the project and had drawn up a list of six security companies – including G4S – to bid to take over some middle and back office roles.
Regarding the Deployment of Police Support Units and Police Officers from England and Wales to Northern Ireland for the 12th July Marching Season.
The Essex police constable shot and killed intervening in a dispute in Clacton-on-Sea yesterday was a hero who gave no thought for his own personal safety while protecting the community he served, according to the chairman of West Midlands Police Federation.
The payments – to study “the culture of the force” and the “experience of the customer” – were condemned as “entirely wrong” by a Birmingham MP who accused the force of “frittering away cash”. Steve McCabe, who represents Labour for Selly Oak and sits on the Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee, said: “The force is facing the biggest cuts in its history and this year is the worst year of all.
Earlier this year we asked all officers to take part in an on line survey to gather data to enable a study of stress being suffered by officers as a consequence of the budget cuts. 2,026 employees of West Midlands Police completed the questionnaire in February 2012.