Paul tombes, Independent risk consultant
Paul Tombes is a respected security risk consultant specialising in mitigating and managing the risk posed by firearms to major events. His extensive operational experience has provided him insight on preventing gun attacks and other terrorist tactics. Prior to becoming a consultant, Paul enjoyed a 35 year career with the British police and military. He served with the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime and Operations Specialist Firearms Command (SC&O19) and prior to this in the Parachute Regiment. Recent operational experience has provided Paul with the knowledge and insight into the threat landscape and best practice counter terrorism measures for major events and other crowded place scenarios.
Major Event Experience:
2012 Olympic Games - Paul led a small team of specialist officers tasked to plan for specialist firearms responses to critical incidents at all Olympic venues in the UK. These included all sporting arenas, training venues and Olympic social venues. It ranged from football at Hampden Park, the Olympic Sailing village in Weymouth to the main events held within stadiums at the Olympic Park. Paul was responsible for contingency planning including for hostage release, responses to an active shooter or a deadly and determined terrorist attack. He also determined appropriate equipment needed to secure the sites, which was shared with various other national partner law enforcement and security agencies.
In the months preceding the Games, as venues were nearing completion he conducted physical security perimeter and penetration testing. This ranged from screening individuals to physical security at various premises including the football stadiums in Coventry and Newcastle and the shooting arenas in Woolwich.
Paul was deployed operationally as team leader throughout the Games (and Paralympic Games) and was part of a covert embedded firearms team situated in the athletes’ village. His team provided a covert and potentially overt specialist firearms response to the athletes and the venues of the Olympic Park itself. He was part of the covert security team providing protection to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the opening and closing ceremonies.Back to top