James Brokenshire has praised the work of the Security Service, the police, military personnel, border officers and volunteers for the delivery of a successful security programme for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Security Minister’s comments came as he joined the Princess Royal, the Earl of Wessex, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London on the Mall last Monday to cheer on and congratulate Team GB and Paralympics GB as part of the ‘Greatest Team’ Victory Parade through the capital.
In an interview with the London Evening Standard, James said that detailed security preparations had underlined that the Games would be a hard target and that this had acted as a deterrent.
“As we’ve seen from previous Olympics, the Games are a potentially attractive target to terrorists,” James said. “However, the detail, size, scale and nature of the security programme did have an effect on deterring people and making them think this would be a very difficult target.”
In his role as Security Minister James has been responsible for the delivery of the Olympic Security programme.
“It has been an incredible privilege to have been part of the preparations for London 2012 and to have worked with such a magnificent team. Their professionalism, dedication and complete focus has delivered one of the most incredible sporting spectacles the world has ever seen in safety and this country should be rightly proud.”