Olympic Security in London and Rio

Both London and Rio made headlines today in the lead up to hosting the Olympic Games. In London, The Guardian reported that the US may send their own personnel to the city for security during the games, and in Rio, police have been targeting drug rings in Rocinha.

Understanding the security issues for any mega-event or the Olympics is important, and colleagues at UEL, Anthony Richards, Peter Fussey and Andrew Silke have co-edited a book, outlining the challenges in delivering a secure Olympic games.

Terrorism and the Olympics: Major Event Security and Lessons for the Future, was published by Routledge in 2010, and “aims to outline the progress, problems and challenges of delivering a safe and secure Olympics in the context of the contemporary serious and enduring terrorist threat. The enormous media profile and symbolic significance of the Olympic Games, the history of terrorists aiming to use such high-profile events to advance their cause, and Al Qaeda’s aim to cause mass casualties, all have major implications for the security of London 2012.

Drawing on contributions from leading academics and practitioners in the field the book will assess the current terrorist threat, particularly focusing on terrorist targeting and how the Olympics might feature in this, before addressing particular response themes such as transport security, the role of surveillance, resilient designing of Olympic sites, the role of private security, and the challenge of inter-agency coordination. The book will conclude by providing an assessment of the legacy of Olympic security to date and will discuss the anticipated issues and dilemmas of the future.

This book will be of interest to students of terrorism studies, security studies, counter-terrorism and sports studies.”

(Quotation from Routledge website).


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