With up to 200-thousand visitors streaming in and out of Munich's Olympic Park and stadium every day, crowd control and security posed a problem for the Games' organisers.
GV Morning crowds crossing bridge into Olympic village. (2 shots)
TGV Olympics policemen along road to village. (2 shots)
SV Crowd waiting to enter turnstile.
LV Crowd rushing through turnstile.
SV Olympic policemen mingling with crowd and giving directions. (2 shots)
SV Policemen and women check passes. (2 shots)
LV Police and ushers (in orange suites ) mingling with crowd.
SV Police and ushers standing around.
SV Policeman checks women athlete.
GV Police and ushers form human chain and getting instructions on "walkie talkie" (4 shots)
GV Olympic village.
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Background: With up to 200-thousand visitors streaming in and out of Munich's Olympic Park and stadium every day, crowd control and security posed a problem for the Games' organisers.
They tackled the problem by forming a special Olympic Police Force and the idea has been remarkable successful.
The men and women of the force are all drawn from various police agencies throughout Germany. They are not armed and they do not wear their usual uniforms.
In fact, the whole role of the Olympic Police Force is a low key one, and to emphasis this they wear casual and colourful uniforms of blue and white.
Gentle persuasion is their motto, and, like good policemen everywhere, they are experts at handling lost children and directing people.
SYNOPSIS: One of their main jobs -- together with the Olympic ushers -- is to ensure the smooth passage of crowds through the turnstiles and to their seats.
The Olympic Policemen and women all volunteers, drawn from police forces and agencies all over West Germany. By general agreement it was decided their operation should be a low key one. And to help towards that and, they left their normal uniforms at home and were dressed in colourful and causal uniforms specially designed for the occasion.
Officials are extremely pleased with the way the operation has gone. With visitors and competitors form all over the world, it is relatively easy to have misunderstandings and incidents....but Munich has been remarkably free of them. It is the fist time that members of every major West German police force have been brought together in a joint venture, and the success of it has given something of a polish to their public image.