Police not military to lead 2012 Olympics security

Police not military to lead 2012 Olympics security

Published Jan. 13, 2011 7:16 p.m. ET

The top British police officer in charge of security for the 2012 Olympics says that policing for the event will not be oppressive and that police, not armed soldiers, will lead the massive operation.

National Olympics security coordinator Chris Allison says that although the military will take part, police will dominate. He suggested that the Royal Navy, for example, may be asked to help in events near the water.

Allison's remarks on Thursday quashed concerns that the police may have to go to the military at a time of wide-ranging cuts in public spending.

He said he is confident police can handle the operation, which spans 34 venues across the capital and requires the participation of 11 police forces around the country.