Red Zones explained

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Organisers of the 2010 Winter Olympics will be sending out a special team to talk to residents and business owners around Games venues regarding the impact of security arrangements on their daily lives, a spokesman has said.

With a year left before the Vancouver–Whistler Games, many people who live and work in the so–called " red zones" say they have been given little information about how increased security will affect them. The RCMP's special security unit for the Olympics has announced where the red zone areas in Vancouver and Whistler will be, but details on people's access and mobility in and out of the areas during the Games have not been released. Information about security and transportation will be delivered in a timely fashion, said Terry Wright, executive vice–president of service operations and ceremonies for the Vancouver organising committee, (VANOC). " About two months ago, we formed what we called an operations engagement team, and they're tasked to begin to take the detail and start to engage specifically around the venues where people really need that finite information, " Wright told CBC News in an interview. " But, you know, from experience, we're still early to be going out relative to most projects I've ever worked on, " he said. Meanwhile, VANOC is spending more than C$10, 000, 000 to hire private security guards to guard venues during the Olympic Games. The request for proposals on the VANOC website in mid–February 2009 indicated that the organising committee was looking for security companies that can provide: " Mobile patrols, static deployment, asset protection, and alarm response and monitoring located at various venues in the Vancouver and Whistler areas. " The key coordinator of the private security guards for VANOC appears to be a previously unknown group called the " Security Integration Functional Area (" SI" )" . VANOC defines this group's mandate as being:Responsible for the protection of VANOC assets pre, post, and operational period during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, including the VANOC offices in both Vancouver and Whistler and designated competition, non– competition and supporting facilities (" Olympic venues" ).

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