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AP Security heads for Rio
The beginning of February saw AP Security being asked to represent the UK on a trade mission to Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Olympics. General Manager, Andy Stevens, was lucky enough to be AP’s representative and, whilst there, met with senior members of the Rio Organising Committee, as well as all three levels of Government.
"Rio will stage an incredible Games,” says an impressed Andy. “The country's passion for carnival and celebration will see to that and, with the iconic backdrop of Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and the legendary Maracana Stadium all supplemented by a brand new Olympic Park, it will certainly bring Rio to the world.
Referring to the 2012 Games, he added, "There is a huge amount to which Rio is firmly looking towards London to learn and understand. Rio's private security industry operates very differently from the UK’s; they admire what we do and I was able to talk at length to Games organisers and stadia operators about what we at AP do day in, day out.
“There is a huge desire to replicate elements of the UK's approach to stewarding and civilian security at major events in Brazil and I'm delighted to say that they know all about AP now."
Andy denied the fact that Copacabana Beach got the majority of his interest, but did say that he was lucky enough to visit the Consul General's private residence where AP Security is now featured in the Guest Book.