Nov 26, 2011

British police will use unmanned drones supplied with surveillance cameras over the urban areas of the capital during 2012 Olympics, amid rising fears over the security of the Games.

Metropolitan Police hold talks with the Civil Aviation Authority to see whether they could use the so-called radio controlled “eyes” across London, particularly in urban areas during next year's Olympics, Independent revealed. 
The security operation of the London 2012 is regarded as the largest operation Met police have ever had to manage, since thousands of athletes, journalists and millions of people will enter the country for the Games. 
This comes after British government came under intense pressure from other countries, Including the US and China, for its security arrangements. The US even asked Britain to allow them to bring one thousands of their agents, including 500 FBI agents, to the Olympic Games in order to guard their athletes and diplomats. 
The Met Police's Air Support Unit (ASU) has three Eurocopter EC145 helicopters, which are planned to patrol London skies during the Games as they are equipped with high definition cameras, but the officers think that small drones will provide them with more capacity to control the city. 
Last week, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced that Britain could use ground-to-air missiles during the Olympics if that was recommended by the military. 
Earlier this month, London Olympics organizers revealed that they would bring some 6,000 soldiers to guard the city during the Games fearing that the British police would not be able to secure the events.

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