British Army to support Birmingham 2022 security operation

Published : 24 Jul 2022 10:23 PM

During the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games tight security will be maintained when the West Midlands Police (WMP) have been working on the security plans for Birmingham 2022 since the city won the bid back in 2017 and their partners have been part of that planning every step of the way to assistant.  

About 1,000 members of the British armed forces deployed to ensure the safe running with maintaining the strong security measures.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has confirmed that military personnel will support the security operation as well as participate in ceremonial duties and civil engagement.

It was known that six serving officials from the armed forces are also due to either coach or compete for medals in boxing, judo and athletics at Birmingham 2022.

More than 130 armed forces flag-raisers have been deployed across the 15 venues to lead more than 230 medal presentations that are set to take place throughout the Games, scheduled to run from July 28 to August 8.

Brigadier Matt Pierson, commander of the military deployment for Birmingham 2022, said he was happy to play a "small but important role" during the event when their personnel will be raising flags during medal ceremonies, supporting security efforts, and competing for medals.

Up to 3,000 police officers are set to used in Birmingham 2022's security operation - Sport, health and fitness are core elements of the armed forces community - this event shows who we are and what we do to make it although success to those competing.

West Midlands Police (WMP) security operation for Birmingham 2022 is the biggest in the region had ever seen.

Police officers are expected to work across the Games including around 1,000 from WMP and more than 2,000 from forces across the country on "mutual aid" when those officers are set to work alongside more than 4,000 private security staff.

Meanwhile, for last few days, since this reporter has been in Birmingham, the Games city, watching a number of different uniforms are all working together to deliver a safe and secure Birmingham 2022 for athletes, the Games family, spectators and the public.