The Scottish Government made a commitment that Glasgow 2014 would be the safest and most secure Commonwealth Games ever held, whilst simultaneously remaining an open and friendly event. Delivery of the multi-agency safety and security programme was led by Police Scotland, working closely with the Scottish Government (a dedicated Commonwealth Games Safety & Security Unit), the Organising Committee, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service, the UK Military, Scottish Prison Service, Glasgow City Council, Private Security Contractors and all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland. This ensured that the arrangements put in place were appropriate, robust and maintained a degree of flexibility in order to be responsive to a range of possible challenges. A security budget of £90 million was allocated in December 2012, and we await final confirmation of the total spend with tight budgetary control maintained throughout by Police Scotland in conjunction with Scottish Government and partners.
By all accounts, the Games were a huge success. Delivery of safety and security was achieved through strong collaborative working across partners in the public and private sectors, as well as by building upon the lessons learned from London 2012. In addition, practices developed and knowledge gained from Glasgow 2014 can be employed in the organisation of other large-scale events in the future, both in Scotland and throughout the rest of the United Kingdom.