Progress Made On Olympic Security Staff Recruitment
Written by Geoff Newman on 1/27/2012
Prospective security staff for the London 2012 Olympic Games have been using a combination of hard copy and online recruitment processes to put themselves forward for 10,000 security roles on offer for the event.
Some 34,000 applications have already been received by security contractor, G4S, for the roles – with around 20,000 of them coming from local London residents. It is thought that 4,000 of the roles have already been assigned, and recruitment officials for both G4S and the Olympic organisers are currently working on filling the rest.
The managing director of G4S, Mark Hamilton, said that the staff from his company would combine with other security personnel from the military and unpaid volunteers to create an exceptional security force for the games.
“We’re in very good shape right now,” Hamilton said. “All the recruitment plans, training plans and the operational plans are very well developed. The recruitment drive is above target in terms of the number of applicants we would expect at this time.”
G4S now has a recruitment centre open in Newham, near the site of the Olympic village, which is capable of processing around 400 applicants every day. Candidates who make it through to the recruitment centre will be interviewed and rigorously screened and vetted before their applications are submitted to the Games Organising Committee, LOCOG, for accreditation.