With less than two weeks to go to the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games, thousands of security officers have been arriving in the Canadian city of Montreal.
SV Army lorries through streets of Montreal
SV Troops leaving aircraft
GV Army lorries lined up an security forces boarding buses (5 shots)
SV Security forces guarding entrance to airport (4 shots)
Canadian naval destroyer sailing in Montreal Harbour (2 shots)
AV Army helicopter flying over Olympic site (2 shots)
GV Olympic village buildings
SV Armed guard patrolling village grounds ZOOM OUT TO Wire fence
SV Security forces checking people as they arrive at Olympic village
CU Security guard patrolling car park
GV Special security police out of trucks and line up (2 shots)
SV PAN ALONG Special security police with various weapons (5 shots)
GV Special security police coming down side of building (2 shots)
ROACH: "They've been arriving for weeks. They're all in place now, the men and the women of the biggest and most expensive peacetime security operation in Canadian history. The Olympic security units responsible for protecting the athletes and members of the official Olympic family, where they live, work, compete and travel. There are about 20,000 security personnel: far less than Mexico had in 1960: far less than Munich had in 1972. And the forces here will have to cover at least 50 competition sites and buildings scattered throughout Quebec and Ontario. Security forces are also worried about that other main entry point - the airports - and they've mounted special operations at Dorval, Mirabelle and (indistinct). The RCMP works inside the main terminals. The army controls all access points to the tarmac and to all airport buildings. Then there is access by sea to worry about. The navy stationed two destroyers and a supply ship in the Montreal Harbour. There'll be additional support escorts for the Royal yacht Britannia and all navy crews could be used to back up land forces if necessary. And then there's air surveillance. Air corridors above all Olympic installations are closed now, patrolled by Armed Forces helicopters. They'll escort aircraft out of the restricted zones. If airplane pilots persist, jet fighters will fly in to enforce the regulations. The complicated security system for the 21st Olympiad took three years to create. And the largest security operation of all - the one at the Olympic village. That's where the thousands of athletes and officials will live. The village is surrounded by a high wire fence, patrolled by soldiers. There are police and military checkpoints scattered throughout the 80 acre site and visitors are carefully watched and checked. There's another system that's been put together in case trouble happens anyway - Swat. S.W.A.T. stands for Special Weapons and Tactics: small units of hand-picked policemen whose speciality is urban guerrilla warfare. Six eight-man tea
ms, each led by a sergeant, are Alpha's Assault Force. In addition, there are four two-man bomb disposal units. The assault teams are equipped with Remington 308 sniper rifles, M-16 and Smith and Wesson automatic weapons, plus tear gas guns and 12-gauge Ithaca pump shotguns. Several sniper rifles are equipped with special scopes for night firing. Alpha is a mobile commando unit. During the games, they'll be free to go anywhere, but where they'll be operating from is their secret. The training has bene tough and now they're read for anything that might disrupt the 21st Olympiad."
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Background: With less than two weeks to go to the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games, thousands of security officers have been arriving in the Canadian city of Montreal. CBC reporter, Frank Roach, takes up the story.