The man in charge of the policing operation for the London Olympics has promised to learn the lessons of last summer’s riots in preparing for the Games and will extensively monitor social media for signs of protest and disorder.
Chris Allison, the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner and national Olympic security co-ordinator, also revealed that he had successfully appealed to chief constables around the country to postpone cuts to certain key areas until after the Games. He said cuts of about 20% to national policing numbers would not affect his ability to deliver during the Games. Up to 12,000 police will be dedicated to policing on the busiest days of the Games, with about 9,500 of them in the capital.
“The plea I made to chief constables was that in specialist areas – firearms, explosive detector dogs, mounted police – could they phase those reductions after the Games. We will have the skills we need during the Games,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.
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