Australia Dec 13 2016 A 4000-strong army of private security guards will be recruited as part of 'Armageddon' scenario planning for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Organizing committee chairman Peter Beattie has previously spoken about how security plans for the Games were working from a worst-case scenario perspective.
'We take the Armageddon approach and plan accordingly,' Mr Beattie said in September regarding Games' security planning.
On Monday it was announced four rival security firms had been appointed to provide a combined 4000-plus security guards for the Games.
Mr Beattie said the large team was about ensuring safety, not in response to any particular threat.
'What we are doing is being over-cautious,' Mr Beattie said.
'Because we're targeting families, and children in particular, to come to the Games we want every parent who buys a ticket to know these are going to be the safest Games that are humanly possible.'
MSS Security, Wilson Security, SecureCorp and SNP are the four firms appointed to provide the security staff.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) chief executive Mark Peters said the unique solution was necessary based on previous Olympic and Commonwealth Games' struggles to locate private security staff.
'If you go back, Sydney had difficulty in finding private security, Melbourne had the same - they had to bring a lot of people from interstate,' Mr Peters said.
'Glasgow used a variety of firms and faced some challenges in that area. We all know that London, at the last minute, weren't able to get enough private security and they had to bring the armed forces in.'
At least 30 per cent of the security workforce must be recruited from the southeast Queensland region, GOLDOC announced.
Wilson Security chief executive John Rogers said all four companies possessed the expertise and experience to deal with the security requirements of a major event such as the Games.
'Each of the companies that GOLDOC's selected to partner in these services has demonstrated a capability to manage that very, very well,' he said.