Security Plans, Costs for London 2012, Vancouver 2010 Questioned
The former head of Olympic security for the London games in 2012, Tarique Ghaffur, says that time is running out to put adequate security plans in place for the world sporting event, and that the security budget is inadequate.
Shadow sports minister Hugh Robertson said Ghaffur's claims, revealed by Telegraph Sport, cast doubt on promises made to the Opposition by ministers about progress on security.
Ghaffur, the former assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, warned that delays in producing a security master plan for the Games mean time is running short to ensure that London 2012 is effectively policed.
He also claimed that the £600 million budget set aside for security is inadequate.
Robertson said: "Tarique Ghaffur's comments directly contradict assurances I have been given. I have been given cast-iron assurances both that the budget is robust and that it is driven by a detailed threat assessment."
Of course security costs for the Vancouver winter games in 2010 have not yet been finalized, with a little over a year remaining until the opening ceremonies. The latest snag is a failed contract between a cruise ship line and the RCMP to house police officers during the games.
In documents filed with the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, Cruise Connections Charter Management accuses the RCMP of deliberately breaking the contract in order to get a better price during the current economic downturn.
"The RCMP's actions were intentional and conducted in bad faith ... designed to seek lower bids from Cruise Connections' competitors," says the civil suit launched by the U.S.-based company.
The lawsuit was filed just days before the RCMP posted a renewed request this week for cruise-ship accommodation aboard vessels to be docked in Vancouver harbour before, during and several days after the Olympics.