British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday, August 12 London had hosted a "safe and secure" Olympics and thanked volunteers, the army and police for transforming the Games into what he said had been a successful global advertisement for Britain, Reuters reported.
Concerns over safety and the threat of protests or an attack had dogged the organizers of the 2012 festival of sport in the run up to the Games, especially after it emerged not enough security staff had been recruited, forcing the army to step in.
It was the biggest peacetime security operation Britain has implemented.
"The passion and professionalism of the volunteers has been matched by the fantastic work of the armed forces and the police, who have worked tirelessly to deliver a safe and secure Games," Cameron said in remarks supplied by Downing Street before delivery.
Trailing only the United States and China, Britain won 29 gold medals in the Games, its best result in 104 years, helping to divert some attention from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and the unpopularity of Cameron's government.