POSTED: August 3rd 2009

Transport police chief to take over Olympic security for London 2012

The new stadium: three years out / lake images
The new stadium: three years out / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Sir Ian Johnston, head of the British Transport Police during the July 7 bombings episode in London in 2005, is to be security director for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Johnston, 63, chief constable of BTP since 2001, will be in command of security at the venues, the villages, perimeter and transport as well as for contingency planning. He will also be the organisers’ central liaison figure with the Olympic security directorate which has been set up by the Home Office.

He said: “Security is a vital part of ensuring we host a spectacular and successful event and I am very much looking forward to playing my part in meeting that challenge."

Johnston joined the Metropolitan Police in 1965 and has held senior positions with both this force and Kent County Constabulary. He has been the Association of Chief Police Officers' spokesman on crime for the last five years and a trustee of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

He has served on various government working parties over the years, including the Youth Justice Task Force. More recently was a member of the Home Secretary’s working party on crime statistics. 

Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009, he is chairman of a boys’ football club in Orpington, Kent, and takes up his post in September.

Keywords · London 2012 · Olympic Games · Sir Ian Johnston · British Transport Police

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