Police in line for Hampden call up

Hampden Park
Hampden Park

WITH security for the Olympics in tatters, Strathclyde police have been called to help pick up the pieces.

Local officers will help make up the security shortfall for football matches at Hampden stadium which begin on July 25 when USA women take on their French counterparts.

A total of eight matches are set to take place at Scotland’s national stadium between then and August 3.

Strathclyde’s assistant chief constable Fiona Taylor said “Extra police officers would be deployed at Hampden if there were not enough stewards and guards

“We are talking to Locog (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and 
Paralympic Games) and G4S on a daily basis so we know what we need to put in place.

“We have to make sure the look and feel around Hampden is the same as every other stadium in the country”.

A source confirmed a percentage of that will come from East Renfrewshire police, with local inspector Campbell Crawford one of 240 Strathclyde officers already scheduled to be deployed to London to assist with operations during the games.

Ms Taylor has confirmed a bill would be sent to the Home Office for any extra police work 
undertaken which exceeds the estimated £3.25 million cost of 
policing the Olympic events in Glasgow.

She said: “ If we have to deploy additional resources, we will talk to our colleagues in the Metropolitan police and make them aware of that and they will negotiate with the Home Office”.

It is anticipated the work will be fulfilled by bringing people in on rest days and offering overtime.

G4S, won the £284 million contract to provide security at the 2012 Games,but it has now emerged that is has been unable to recruit the 10,000 staff needed UK-wide, meaning Strathclyde police, along with other police forces and troops, will have to plug the gap.

East Renfrewshire MP Jim Murphy has been a vocal critic of the situation, in particular the need to deploy 3,500 troops to the Games after G4S failed to fulfil their contract.

On Monday, he tweeted: “Astonishing that (the defence secretary) has no idea how many contracts MoD has with G4S. It’s the first question he (should) have asked when this crisis broke”.