Case Study: G4S and London 2012

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G4S is proud to be the official provider of security and cash services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

From the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27 July to the closing ceremony of the Paralympic games on 9 September, the worlds largest sporting event will attract more than 14, 000 athletes, 10m spectators and a global audience of an estimated 4bn. G4S is responsible for recruiting, training and managing the security workforce that will be tasked with securing the Games. G4S commenced its security operations for The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in March 2011, and it has already provided security services at Olympic venues across the country as well as at many non–competition venues and at LOCOG's test events, in the build up to and during the Games. The security services teams G4S will be providing throughout the Games include:Conducting searches of people, bags and vehiclesPatrolling sitesOperating x–ray machines at key Olympic locationsCCTV and alarm monitoringResponding to incidentsAsset protectionProviding visitors with assistance and directionsProviding command and control communicationsG4S has already taken on 10, 400 new employees for the Games. Indeed, more than 100, 000 people expressed an interest in a security role, 67, 000 people booked an interview and 21, 000 successfully passed the interview stage. More than half the companys new employees are from the five Olympic host boroughs: Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forrest. Meanwhile, at the end of May 2012, G4S 4teen athlete and 2011 BMX World Champion Mariana PajÃn was selected to represent her home country of Colombia at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Mariana earned her qualification at the BMX World Championships, which took place in Birmingham in the UK, where she placed fifth. Mariana has been part of the G4S 4teen programme since 2007 and credits her support from G4S as one of her biggest encouragements on her way to the top. G4S has provided me with everything I need, Mariana said. They were my first sponsor and since then it has meant so much to me that they are behind me. I am very excited to represent my country and the G4S 4teen team this summer in London. Already extremely popular in her home country, Mariana is one of the athletes who has been nominated in a national competition to carry the Colombian flag at the Opening Ceremonies. The competition will last until the 15th of June, after which the Colombian flag bearer will be named. Mariana is the third G4S 4teen athlete to be selected for the London 2012 Olympic Games, following Chatchai Butdee (Boxing, Thailand) and Juan Maegli (Laser Sailing, Guatemala). In 2007 G4S invited 14 carefully–selected young athletes from around the world to become members of an exclusive team – G4S 4teen – with record–breaking, double Olympic champion runner Haile Gebrselassie as their mentor. G4S is the largest security services provider in the world, with operations in more than 125 countries across six continents.

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