ATF's Support at the 2002 Winter Olympics
The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be one of the
largest international sporting events in the history of the United States.
It is estimated that the games will draw 3,700 athletes, officials from
80 nations, and over 70,000 visitors per day from around the world. The
games will attract over 15,000 members of the worldwide media, and approximately
1 billion television viewers will watch the games over their 16-day run
beginning with opening ceremonies on February 8, 2002.
The safety and security of Olympic competitors and the games has been
a top priority of American officials. In preparation for this event, the
Utah State Legislature created the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command
(UOPSC) in 1998. The UOPSC is a unified organizational structure of law
enforcement, fire service, public works, emergency management, and emergency
medical services from all levels of government to provide seamless public
safety functions during the 2002 games. The Command is made up of 20 member
agencies, to include ATF, U.S. Secret Service, FBI, FEMA, with the Commissioner
of Public Safety for the State of Utah as the Chairman. The UOPSC is responsible
for developing plans and policies in conjunction with Federal, State,
and local public safety agencies to provide a safe and secure Olympic
experience for the athletes and visitors.
Since October 1995 the ATF has been planning for the Olympic Games. We
have worked with our law enforcement and public safety partners to perfect
a comprehensive, thorough, and truly integrated Olympic security plan.
ATF's support of the security mission of the Games will continue through
the closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games on March 16, 2002.
ATF has committed several hundred personnel in support of the 2002 Olympics.
ATF's resources for the Olympics Games include: National Response Team,
Special Agent Certified Explosive Specialists, Certified Fire Investigators,
Explosive Enforcement Officers, Explosive Detection Canine Handlers, Intelligence
Officers, Investigative Assistants, Intelligence Research Specialists,
Inspectors, Public Information Officers, Technical Operation Officers,
Technical Enforcement Officers, Communication Specialists, Counsel, Chaplains,
Operational Security Staff, Support Staff, the ATF Laboratory, the National
Repository, and the National Tracing Center.
Approximately one-third of the ATF personnel will support the Secret
Service for protection assignments. ATF Special Agent Certified Explosive
Specialists, Explosive Enforcement Officers, Explosive Detection Canines/Handlers,
and NRT members will be assigned to the Olympic Bomb Management Center.
Additional ATF personnel will support the Olympic Intelligence Center,
Joint Information Center, and ATF Command Center.
The 2002 Olympic Winter Games are but the first of several National Special
Security Events in which ATF's participation is vital. These games will
serve as a blueprint for future Special Security Events. ATF's broad representation
throughout the security plan demonstrates the mutual professional respect
between local, state, federal, international agencies and ATF.