Metropolitan police spending on Olympics

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is it really necessary for over twenty police officers and staff to work on Olympic security, five years in advance of the event? Can you provide a breakdown of the projected staffing numbers and costs for 2007/08? Would some of this money be better spent policing London's lawless roads and helping to save lives that way?


Answer for Metropolitan police spending on Olympics

Answer for Metropolitan police spending on Olympics

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Olympic Security Directorate (OSD) has been set up following the decision by HM Government to coordinate the agencies involved in providing the safety, security and resilience (SSR) for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This body has responsibility for developing and delivering an integrated Olympics Security Plan.The OSD is a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary body, coordinated and led by the MPS. It is responsible for strategic and operational planning of security for the Games, and the implementation of significant elements of this plan during the event period. The first OSD team members are co-located with MPS staff now, and the whole directorate moved to dedicated accommodation in Stratford in January 2007.Among other things, the OSD is working in partnership with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to establish the security strategy for the Games, determine security roles and responsibilities amongst OSD partner agencies, prepare a single national security plan, and create a comprehensive programme management framework. It is also responsible for estimating overall security costs.The Home Office has agreed to provide an additional sum of money in 2007/08 to specifically fund the security planning for the Olympics. As such, no funding is being taken from other MPS budgets and there should be no negative impact on roads policing or any other policing services.The additional funding received for 2007/08 from the Home Office for the MPS to dedicate purely towards the Olympic security planning will allow for integrated, multi-agency planning for Olympics security, ensure all security planning work is coordinated and costed and establish robust financial control mechanisms. The additional funding was allocated to the MPS by the Home Office following close scrutiny by the HMIC.The additional funding will also ensure that public safety during Games time is also fully integrated into the planning process, which covers all policing areas including crime, roads policing, transport networks and community safety. The projected staffing figures for the MPS during 2007/8 can be seen in the written answers document.