Sussex

Crawley firm signs £100m London 2012 security deal

Olympic Park, Stratford
Image caption G4S has been responsible for security at the Olympic Park site in east London since 2008

A West Sussex company has signed a £100m deal to provide security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London next year.

Crawley-based G4S will recruit, train and manage 10,000 security staff who will work with police and councils.

The company has also been named as a sponsor of the London 2012 games.

G4S UK chief executive, David Taylor-Smith, said the deal would bring thousands of new recruits into the security industry.

He said the firm had worked with London 2012 organisers, the police, the government and host venues and boroughs to develop a proposal for "excellent security" during the games.

Paul Deighton, chief executive of London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog), said: "This deal represents where we are with our plans for the Games. We're now looking at operational delivery."

He said the company would help Locog to ensure security provisions were "robust and of the highest professionalism".

G4S has been responsible for security at the Olympic Park site in east London since 2008.

The latest deal with will cover all Olympic and Paralympic venues across the UK.

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