The Winter Olympics that wrapped up in Vancouver last month took place under a vast security blanket.
When the Paralympics get underway here Friday, they’ll be under more of a security scarf.
That’s good news for anyone attending the Games because, except for the opening and closing ceremonies, it means no airport-style screening lineups.
About 15,500 police, military and private-security personnel protected the Olympics from potential terrorist attack even though the threat level going into them was low.
Under the assumption terrorists are even less likely to attack Games dedicated to the disabled, fewer people will be used to guard the more modest Paralympics.
Only 750 RCMP officers, 500 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and a handful of private-security screeners will be needed for the 10-day Paralympics, says Const. Mandy Edwards of the Olympic Integrated Security Unit (ISU).
With only 11 Paralympic sports and non-competition venues to secure, compared with 30 for the Olympics, fewer staff would be needed in any case, says Edwards.
There will be fewer road closures, though parking at all sports venues is still banned, and the marine security perimeter for waterside venues has shrunk, says Edwards.
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