Olympic police in Dorset secure £19m grant
Dorset Police has revealed it has secured more than £19m from the Home Office to help fund security during the 2012 Olympics.
Up to 50,000 extra visitors a day are expected as Weymouth and Portland host the Games' sailing events.
Dorset Police told the government last year it estimated the costs of the operation would come to about £30m.
Chief Constable Martin Baker said a grant of about £19m had been secured but he was hopeful for more money.
He vowed that any costs would be kept separate from the county's own police budget.
Mr Baker said: "We are benefiting from a separate Home Office Olympic security grant for this operation.
"This is not taking away anything from the day-to-day policing of Dorset.
"It is not being funded in the same way that Dorset Police is funded.
"So far we have secured over £19m... and there are other business cases that are still going through that we are confident will be successful."
He also promised a "light touch" security operation during the event next year.
The government has already warned Dorset it cannot promise the £30m requested due to other budget demands.
But it said money will be made available for all vital requirements.