Major Milestone for Pan-Am Games Security
Ontario Finalizing Games Private Security
Ontario is one step closer to completing the competitive procurement of security services for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
A contract is now almost in place for private security services and as a result, the estimated total costs for securing the games will increase to approximately $239 million from the last estimate of $206 million. However, games security planning is ongoing and must respond to the evolving scope and scale of the games as well as to any specific threats that may be identified in the future.
Major events like the Pan/Parapan Am Games require that available police officers perform specific policing duties while less demanding security roles can effectively be performed by private security. Private security guards at the Games will have no policing powers and will perform the kinds of functions we are all used to seeing private security guards perform at major sporting events.
By completing the procurement for private security almost 18 months in advance of the games, OPP security planners will be able to use the private security contractor's planning expertise and mitigate the significant financial risk associated with contingency security plans for private security, such as having to use police from other jurisdictions due to inadequate staffing levels.
The 2015 Pan/Parapan American games will be the largest sporting event in Ontario history. It is expected to draw 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials and will create over 26,000 direct and indirect jobs.
- Under the proposed contract, the average daily security costs for the games will be far lower than those for similar high profile events, such as the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the London 2012 Olympics and Ontario’s G8/G20 summits.
- The private security contractor will provide services across 58 venues, working 24 hours a day, every day for the 59 days of the games.
- The OPP’s ISU is a partnership of all law-enforcement agencies involved in the games, to ensure effective coordination of security planning and execution. It includes the eight municipal police services impacted by the games: Toronto, Peel, Halton, York, Hamilton, Niagara, Durham and South Simcoe.
“The safety of athletes, coaches, and the general public is our top priority. This is an important milestone that means we will have the necessary security in place to secure this international event and ensure a safe and successful Pan/Parapan American Games for Toronto and Ontario. We are prepared to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the games.”