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U.K. to Deploy Extra 3,500 Troops for Olympics, Hammond Says

July 12, 2012

U.K. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said he authorized the deployment of a further 3,500 troops to guard the London Olympic Games after security contractor G4S Plc (GFS) discovered a shortfall in personnel, bringing the total military guard to 17,000.

“As the venue security exercise has got under way, concerns have arisen about the ability of G4S to deliver the required number of guards for all the venues within the timescales available,” Hammond said in a written statement to Parliament in London today. “Ministers have been monitoring this situation and, where necessary, preparing contingency measures. G4S has now agreed that it would be prudent to deploy additional military support to provide greater reassurance.”

“The home secretary has therefore requested additional Ministry of Defense support, and I have authorized the deployment of a further 3,500 military personnel,” Hammond said. “This will bring the total number of military personnel, from all three services and including reservists, contributing to the safety and security of the games to 17,000.”

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