Olympic and Paralympic Security Conference 2012


The agenda for RUSI's third annual conference on Olympic Security has been announced. The conference will take place in January 2012, months ahead of the London 2012 games.

 2012

Get involved

The date and full details, including list of confirmed speakers, will be available in the next few weeks.

If you would like to participate in the programme or through partnership, please email Valentina Soria tinas@rusi.org

With the countdown to the opening ceremony well under way, the security machine for the London 2012 Games is going through the final testing stages. To ensure that the world's biggest sporting event goes on undisrupted by major incidents - be it a terrorist attack or the sort of widespread public disorder witnessed last summer - the UK's security arrangements have required constant investment, refinement and adaptation. With the world's eyes on London, next summer's Olympics will represent an unprecedented challenge for the UK's resilience and management capabilities. 

In partnership with the Home Office's Olympic Security Directorate, RUSI's 20 12 Olympic and Paralympic Security Conference will provide a unique opportunity to engage with key decision-makers and stakeholders from the UK's security community.  Attracting an international audience of some 200 senior experts, the event will provide strategic and operational insight into all aspects of Olympic security policy and planning.

The event will also offer an exclusive platform to explore how the country could capitalise on a successful 2012 Games to strengthen national security and develop a lasting legacy for 'UK plc'.

Get involved

The date and full details, including list of confirmed speakers, will be available in the next few weeks. If you would like to participate in the programme or through partnership, please email Valentina Soria tinas@rusi.org

Conference Structure

Session One

Successfully Managing the Security Challenge

This session will examine the main security threats and challenges which need to be considered to ensure the smooth running of the world's biggest sporting event. Due to the enormous media coverage they will attract, it is no surprise that the Olympics and Paralympics could be perceived as an opportunity for groups and individuals willing to harm the UK. It is therefore paramount that this multifaceted threat is assessed properly so as to put in place efficient and effective security management mechanisms.

 

Session Two

Ensuring Security and Resilience at Games Time

This session will provide an overview of plans and mechanisms designed to prevent major incidents as well as deal with any contingency which might occur at a time when the world's attention will be focused on the UK. With only six months left, the security and emergency services will need to ensure they have successfully tested their capabilities against multiple possible scenarios. A valuable insight will be offered as to how the country's security and resilience machine is going to work during this high pressure period.

 

Session Three

Counting on Successful Teamwork: the Contribution of Other Key Players to Olympic Security

This session will highlight how other important actors are factored in the Olympic security equation, what contribution they can provide and how the best integration of their resources would be pursued. Understanding the added value each one of them will bring about will certainly help promote an inclusive, 'all-players' attitude which will then foster the necessary habit of complex joint working.

Session Four

The Legacy of London 2012: Prospects for Event Security and the Future of UK National Security Infrastructure

This session will explore how valuable lessons from the Games can be incorporated and exploited to refine the UK's national security infrastructure of the future. At the same time, it will be important to understand how ambitious standards set for London 2012 can enable the UK to be viewed as an outstanding model for major event security in the future.

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