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Corps Security applies its w formula to Glasgow 2014

The XX Commonwealth Games took place in Glasgow during summer 2014 and was considered a resounding success, with over 4,500 athletes and around one million spectators converging on the city to experience one of the world’s most revered and respected sporting competitions. The events were also avidly viewed on TV and the Internet, with an estimated global audience of 1.5 billion people tuning in.

It was the third time that Scotland had hosted the Commonwealth Games, and there was enormous public interest and support for it. Featuring 17 sports over 11 days of competition, 261 different medal events took place in 14 individual venues on three compact site clusters to the east, south and west of the city centre.

With such a busy competition agenda and a high density of people in and around the venues, ensuring the safety of athletes, spectators and officials, as well as property and assets, was of paramount importance. As a result, Glasgow 2014 recognised the need to use specialist security solutions experts, which is why Corps Security was appointed in January 2014 to provide event security and related services for the Glasgow Green Precinct and nearby Holiday Inn.

‘The Glasgow Green Precinct was the venue for the finish of the marathon as well as the cycling time trials and road races,’ explains Jason Taylor, Corps Security’s event sales and marketing manager. ‘Our key operational objectives were to maintain safety and security in the immediate environment, provide support to the venue management team throughout the deployment, and ensure that any live broadcasts were not disrupted. Meanwhile, at the Holiday Inn, we were tasked with maintaining a safe environment for members of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), who resided there.’

Corps Security has significant experience in providing event management and crowd safety services, which have to abide by strict health and safety legislation. Dedicated to professionalism in this area, members of the company’s senior management team are currently undertaking crowd safety management degrees at Bucks New University, enabling it to boast some of the most well qualified personnel in the sector.

preparing its strategy with the appointment of a project group, comprising experts from across the organisation. Taylor comments, ‘With the project team in place we then initiated a vigorous and robust recruitment process, with the thorough assessment and screening of 853 potential candidates, of which we appointed approximately 60. After being chosen for their particular skills and expertise, the selected individuals were given additional event specific training, with 23 courses completed across the UK by four trainers over a total of 1,344 hours. Also during this time, we were asked if we could undertake additional security based tasks by Glasgow 2014, which we politely declined, as we felt there was not enough time to carry out a thorough recruitment and training process for any additional candidates.’

Security licensed officers were in operation, carrying out a variety of roles including crowd safety, event CCTV monitoring, VIP and athlete protection and general event security.

Explaining some of the challenges faced, Taylor states, ‘We needed to maintain an excellent standard of reliability and colleague engagement throughout. This was achieved through the implementation of a consistent management structure and allocation of duties, which was also helped by a fantastic attitude demonstrated by all members of the team. I’m particularly pleased to report that we achieved 100 per cent attendance throughout the period of deployment, which concluded on 15th August. This is remarkable given that 2,075 shifts were completed.’

Corps Security was one of 17 security and crowd safety service providers working at Glasgow 2014. This necessitated

Deployment began on 16th June and at its peak 117 Corps Soon after being awarded the contract, Corps Security began

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