Doug Bedell — January 26, 2010, 7:30 am

Coordinating Security at the Olympics

Next month’s Olympic games in Vancouver, B.C., require state-of-the art, coordinated security on both sides of the border, and they’re getting it.

On the U.S. side, in Bellingham,  Wa., the  U.S. Olympics Security Committee has provided a high tech security center that will be manned 24 hours a day with two 12-hour shifts. It’s equipped with nine work pods with 54 workstations, each with high-speed data and voice connections, and has the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office to the FBI, “all in the same room.”

The U.S. center is 20 miles south of the border with Canada and can coordinate with Canadian security, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It will handle any problems from traffic jams to major security incidents – hopefully, there won’t be any.

Coordination is a hallmark of effective security. The athletes and crowds attending the games will be in an international security zone with the border crossings protected, for example, by the Washington State Transportation Department along with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Let the events begin, safely.

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