British police will deploy around 12,500 officers to protect the Olympics after being condemned for a lack of manpower and slow response to last year’s U.K. riots.
The Olympic operation, drawing officers from 52 forces across Britain, will bolster the 10,500 army personnel already tasked with securing the July 27-Aug. 12 Games.
Planning was reviewed after Britain was stunned by violence last August, leaving five people dead and a trail of looted stores, torched cars and burned-out buildings in London and a few other cities.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, who is coordinating the Olympic policing, insisted that lessons had been learned from the rioting.
SELECT TEAM NAMED: NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving of Cleveland and Knicks star Jeremy Lin are among 13 pro players chosen to scrimmage against the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in July.
The young players will report to Las Vegas along with the Americans on July 5 and work out against them from July 6-11.
FLAME OUT: Organizers say the Olympic torch was briefly snuffed out during the relay leading up to the London 2012 Games.
The torch was attached Monday morning to the side of Para-badminton player David Follett’s wheelchair in the western England town of Great Torrington when the flame went out.
The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said that the flame went out because of a malfunctioning burner.