Tuesday Aug 28, 201204:44 PM GMT
Failed firm G4S takes on Paralympics
G4S will provide security for the Paralympics after its recent failures for the London Olympics.
G4S will provide security for the Paralympics after its recent failures for the London Olympics.
Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:43PM
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Security firm G4S has been chosen to provide the majority of security for the Paralympics venues in London after failing to employ enough staff for the London Olympic Games.


Paul Deighton, Chief Executive for Locog, said that G4S, the private firm facing a loss of £50m over a humiliating failure to dispatch enough staff for the Olympics, is said to use around 4,000 to 5,000 workers for the Paralympics.

The vast reduction of military personnel and halving of police numbers to just 7,000 officers for the Paralympics events could be another move of spending cuts made by the British government.

G4S was looked upon as a "humiliating shambles" by British MPs as it experienced a shortfall of security staff, just weeks before the London Olympics, which forced the UK armed forces to deploy an extra 4,700 troops.

The private security firm was hit with a loss of £50m on its £284m contract after the Games had ended.

Moreover, G4S says it is confident in being fully staffed for the Paralympics event, but fears that it will face contract issues in the future if faced with government work as it now has a damaged reputation.

G4S chief, Nick Buckles admitted to failure for the shortfall of staff at the London Olympics security. Buckles also ruled out bidding for business contracts in the Rio Olympic Games, which takes place in 2016.

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