In the days just prior to the opening of London 2012 a major hiccup appeared in the form of a serious failure of a large sector of security plan from a private contractor who either totally failed to understand what was required or was just incompetent.
Solution, bring in the military and reports indicate it seems to have gone along as if it was the plan all the time.
Our military seems to be struggling for a role in the fabric of the nation,
both financially and as a career option in 2012.
Today whenever an event of any significance is planned, a substantial sum of money and resource is directed to security even to the point of a platoon or two to prevent say a pitch invasion.
I am normally philosophically opposed to the government running any business but that does not apply to defense matters.
The modern military machine spends a large part of its training for action, in crowd control, people assessment and response, discipline, order and availability so it seems to me to be a good fit operationally, and financially to involve them in the event security field as a commercial activity as an adjunct to the constabulary. The Army was very involved early in the aftermath of February 22nd 2011 in Christchurch. By the time I happened along into town with a patient for CHCH ED around 2300 hrs that night, they were the only visible activity between Paradise and the Hospital through often darkened streets.
The sight of a six wheeled LAV it a couple of intersections was very reassuring and comforting.
I am not calling for them to ring Eden Park in full battle gear for a league game, but as we in the fire service do when applicable, dress in level ones, twos, threes or fours, depending on what we face opperationally.
Minto, Bradford et al will not support my ideas but it seems to have slipped into what otherwise seems to be a very successful effort in The English Capital so is it worth considering going forward in New Zealand?
Our Military have authority, structure, respect, mobility, and disciplined command systems to carry out the functions at major events leaving a large area of work options that can continue to be filled by private security firms.