Security arrangements for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have taken a major step forward, as the event’s organising committee announced a list of 19 security suppliers who have been invited to tender for a range of Games-specific security contracts.
Among the 19 companies invited to tender are eight members of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), whose proven track record in delivering security at large-scale events will play an integral role in delivering a solution that Games organisers have planned to include a mix of police officers, private security officers, stewards and military personnel, to cover all aspects of the security operation.
Commenting on the announcement, made on Monday 18th November, Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable, Steve Allen, Security Director for the Commonwealth Games, said: “Glasgow 2014 will be a fantastic sporting event which we want to ensure people can enjoy, from the starting blocks to the finishing line. From the time that athletes and spectators start arriving in Scotland to the Closing Ceremony, it is Police Scotland’s absolute priority to ensure a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.
“To deliver that, Police Scotland and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee have spent many months developing a programme through which we will work with the private security industry to deliver appropriate levels of security and stewarding staff. These staff are expected to be deployed in a range of specific, targeted locations across the footprint of the Commonwealth Games, from Games venues and accommodation to training facilities.
“We have today confirmed that 19 companies have been invited to sign up to framework agreements. Police Scotland will always have the lead role and responsibility in delivering Games safety and security, with private contract security staff used in roles which do not require police officers to carry out those specific functions such as stewarding and venue and site security.”
David Leather, Glasgow 2014 Chief Operating Officer, added: “Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games next summer.
“We recognise and value the important role that private security suppliers have to play and we have created an opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators.”
Among those companies invited to sign up to framework agreements, including both private contract security and contract safety stewarding, are the following members of the BSIA:
- Allander Group
- Corps of Commissionaires Management Limited
- Securigroup Services Limited
- Show and Event Security Limited
- Showsec International
- The Protector Group
- Wilson James
- G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Limited
James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, commented: “Our members have a long and successful track record in partnering with Police to deliver successful private / public security operations. From national celebrations including the Queen’s Jubilee, Royal Wedding and Olympic Torch Relay to large-scale sporting events such as Wimbledon and the Grand National, BSIA members have made significant contributions to securing them all. We look forward to welcoming the results of the procurement process and, of course, to a safe and secure Games.”
BSIA membership includes several dedicated sections whose members have experience in securing events. These include Crowd Management, Security Guarding, Leisure Industry Security, Police and Public Services and Specialist Services.