Vancouver Security Costs Past $900 Million

As reported in the British Columbia Globe & Mail:

When the world descends on Vancouver in six months for the 2010 Winter Olympics, another kind of convergence will quietly be taking place. A cross-Canada security force will gather to keep those crowds under control, and disaster at bay.

“It’s the largest security operation, ever, in Canadian history,” said Staff Sergeant Mike Côté of the RCMP unit in charge of security for the Games. The co-ordination of a $900-million security plan is a gigantic nationwide human-resources effort, pulling personnel from coast to coast to keep things safe.

$900 million and counting. Can you imagine the cost of security at the summer games here seven years from now – a bigger city, larger games, more venues…

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