London 2012 Olympic security recruits last week revealed details of a “totally chaotic” selection process by G4S, the official security provider for the Games.
Guards reported that they had received no schedules, uniforms or training on essential equipment.
G4S has a £284m contract to provide 13,700 guards, but only has 4,000 in place. It says a further 9,000 are in the pipeline.
A recruit who was interviewed in March said: “I am yet to hear from G4S regarding my screening, accreditation, uniform or even a rough start date. I know many people also who will be commencing work on 27 July who have had absolutely no scheduled on-site training”.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe assured that security for the Olympics has not been compromised. “We will work very hard, we will remedy this – security will not be compromised,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
G4S is facing financial penalties after police and the military were forced to draft in 3,500 extra troops to fill the void left by the private security contractor.
In the following video, G4S CEO Nick Buckles offers an apology, admitting that they underestimated the task.
He says: “Clearly in this instance, the company hasn’t done a great job. I feel very embarrassed about it, and I’m very sorry about it. We’ve got to put it right, and we are going to deliver a safe and secure Games”.