Transport security: in training for the Olympics

30 June 2009  •  Author(s): Steve Thomas, Assistant Chief Constable, British Transport Police (BTP) and Olympics National Coordinator for Cross-modal Transport Security

The Olympics are quite simply the world’s biggest event. In 2012, the London Olympics will involve 10,700 athletes from more than 200 nations, with 500,000 plus spectators daily, as well as 50,000 athletes, officials and media representatives. In addition, 2012 will be a ‘public transport’ games with almost 100% of spectators expected to use public transport to access the Olympic Park.

Transport security is then vital to the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and it is my task to co-ordinate it across all transport modes. I was appointed in July 2007 to head up British Transport Police’s (BTP) Olympics delivery project and soon after was named as National Co-ordinator for Cross-Modal Transport Security covering rail, road, maritime and air transport – a joint Department for Transport and Home Office appointment.

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