The first large contingents of military forces arrived in Montreal, Canada, this week, to help establish security operations for next month's Olympic Games.
MV PAN Turf begin laid on Olympic site
MV Time keepers inspecting equipment
GV INTERIOR Scoreboard
MV Dismantling of construction equipment (2 shots)
MV Troops arriving at school building and unloading trucks (4 shots)
Troops talking to locals from perimeter fence
MV Troops line up on playground
MV Military police convoy arriving
MV Troops leaving parade ground
REPORTER: "Enter the makers of instant grass, the installation of complex timing equipment, a computerised scoreboard, the removal of the construction shafts, the dismantling of the cranes, the training of over a thousand hostesses. They came today form the Canadian Air Force regiment in Edmonton, from the Canadian Hussars, from (indistinct), from the Royal 22nd at (indistinct). When they're all here, there'll be about 16,000 of them. That's about one quarter of the entire Canadian army. The men who arrived toady are all up-front security personnel, as opposed to support workers. They are taking over schools all over the city and are adding a new dimension to city neighbourhoods. Although the military presence is strange to most people., the general attitude is one of good will. The entire security operation, including four police forces, will cost an estimated 100 million dollars, that is 10,000 dollars per athlete. It could be the most expensive peace time security operation in history."
A top Soviet official has expressed concern at what he said was a drastic cut of nearly 25 million dollars in the security budget for the Montreal Olympics. The first deputy president of the organising committee for the 1980 games in Moscow, Mr. V.G. Smirnov, said the budget to ensure against "the penetration of criminal elements" had been cut form 27 million dollars (GBP 15,254,000 sterling) to 2.4 million dollars (GBP 1,355,900 sterling). He maintained the cuts had gone unnoticed because they were insignificant compared with the problem of building the stands in time for next month's games.
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Background: The first large contingents of military forces arrived in Montreal, Canada, this week, to help establish security operations for next month's Olympic Games. Here's report from Ron Laplante on the start of the last-minute work for the games and on the security operation.