G4S, the security company set to provide guards for the London 2012 Olympics, has been alerted to new guidelines designed to combat overzealous behaviour towards photographers.

G4S, the security company set to provide guards for the London 2012 Olympics, has been alerted to new guidelines designed to combat overzealous behaviour towards photographers.

The guide, Photography and Hostile Reconnaissance, was drawn up by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), with the UK Government and counter-terrorism police.

Published earlier this month it was broadly welcomed by the photographic community.

Meanwhile, the Guardian today reports that the United States wants to send 500 FBI agents to bolster security at the Olympics amid concerns that police stop-and-search powers are limited.

Last year the UK Government restricted use of the ?no suspicion? anti-terror stop-and-search power.

The BSIA has urged its 570 members to distribute the new photography rules to more than 75,000 security officers it represents nationwide.

It is already available in the members area of the BSIA’s website.

G4S, which is based in Sutton, Surrey, is among the BSIA members to have been sent an email alerting then to the guidelines, which followed months of talks between the Home Office, police and photography rights campaigners including Amateur Photographer (AP) magazine.

Last week the BSIA said its members’ reaction to the guidance was ‘largely positive’ in a meeting of its security guard section held on 9 November.

A BSIA spokeswoman told AP: ?It will be up to individual members to decide how this is disseminated to their employees.’