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UK deploying 12,500 officers to protect Olympics after heeding criticism of response to riots
LONDON (AP) ' British police will deploy around 12,500 officers to protect the Olympics after being condemned for their lack of manpower and slow response to last year's U.K. riots.
The Olympic operation, drawing officers from 52 forces across Britain, will bolster the 10,500 army personnel already tasked with securing the July 27-Aug. 12 Games.
Planning was reviewed after Britain was stunned by violence last August, leaving five people dead, and a trail of looted stores, torched cars and burned-out buildings in London and a few other cities.
Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Chris Allison, who is coordinating Olympic policing, insisted Monday that lessons had been learned from the unexpected rioting.
Allison says "if anything were to happen ... we have the resources we can quickly assign to try to deal with it."