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Chicago Olympics, Summer 2010

Opening Ceremonies Intelligence Coordination

Courtney Sullens

on 26 April 2010

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Chicago Summer Olympics 2010 Planning a Major Event: Opening Ceremony Chicago Largest city in Illinois: 227 sq. mi
Located in Cook County; surrounded by Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage & Will Counties
3rd highest pop. in nation: 2,896,016 people (2000)
552 city owned parks & system of elevated (partially underground) railways extending into the heart of the city
Nation's busiest aviation center (O'Hare and Midway International airports
Wrigley Field Built in 1914 and located on the corner of Addison & Sheffield
As of 2005 the field's capacity is now 41,000
Four different entry gates for gen. public: Gate K-West Waveland Ave; Gate N-W.Waveland Ave. & N. Sheffield Ave; Gate D-N.Sheffield Ave; Gate F-W.Addison St. Background: Inter-Agency Contact It is first necessary to determine who will be involved
Due to the Olympics' size it would be considered a National Special Security Event (NSSE) with the Secret Service quarterbacking coordination (per Bugbee)
Any agency that can provide resources or be impacted will be contacted years in advance. Those with a need-to-know and right-to-know
When creating memorandums of understanding and/or agreement, it's beneficial to determine which policies would be advantageous
Making sure there are clear contact points for each agency is crucial to sharing information efficiently
Event Classification Determining resources available is important in preparation
As an NSSE the opening ceremonies will be subject to DHS' FY2007 risk assesment formula
Resources will be available to adequately ensure the safety of the public and major targets per the USSS Communication with the Community How the community is informed: Cook County Emergency Managment Agency
Homeland Security and NSSE
Chicago Police Departments
Officer-citizen interaction programs
Community awareness training
Open Forums
Media commercials, posters/billboards

Goals of Community Outreach: Build trust
Educating about the event in general
Fear reduction
Obtain volunteers
Community Education: Traffic changes/ updates
Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR): Indicators that are known to be linked to crime
7 signs of Terrorism
Suspicious Activity Reporting: Types of Information Sharing Environment-SARs:
How to report a SAR
Other circumstances
Protect Civil Liberties
Behavior-based reports
Do not be a hero
Do not further investigate or apprehend the person
Call sheriff or police department immediately

VIPs: Athletes: around 11,000
Coaches & team staff
Heads of States & other dignitaries
Venues Olympic Ring: 5 parks, 8km ring along Lake Michigan
85% of games held here
Olympic Stadium - 80,000 people
McCormick place - 11 events
International Broadcast Centre (IBC) & Main Press Centre (MBC)
Olympic Village: 21 acres site of now closed Michael Reese Hospital
15 min. or less travel time for 90% of atheletes
Outside Chicago city limits: Tempel Farm
Equestrian Events
Road Cycling
Mountain Biking
Co-host cities:
Football International Olympic Committee. (2009, October 1). Report of the 2016 IOC Evaluation Commission. Author. Retrieved March 28, 2010 from http://www.olympic.org/en/content/Footer-Pages/Documents/Host-City-Elections/ Transportation: 560 km roadway dedicated to Olympic use
One or more lanes of roadways in both directions dedicated temporarily or permanently dedicated for Games transportation
Reduce traffic in city by 25% & 50% around IBC/MPC and Olympic village
Security: Chicago Olympic Public Safety Command (COPSC)
Local law enforcement, FBI, U.S. Secret Service, international intelligence, counterterrorism resources
National Special Security Event (NSSE)
USSS lead agency in formulating a proper security plan
Rely on partnerships with law enforcement & public safety at all levels
Credentialing: Everyone needs to be credentialed who is going to come into contact w/ VIPS and athletes
Background checks must be done on everyone for this
Athletes and VIPs are also credentialed
Badges are issued as a way of identification
Tickets used for attendees confine them to the general admittance locations
Bar codes are useful to make scanning and verifying credentials easier
Badges are to be worn at all times Partnerships & Vulnerabilities Private Sector Partnerships: Use of private sector partnerships is key since the event needs more personnel than can be supplied but the lead agency or one agency in general
Security firms
Vulnerability Assesment: Done for major surrounding facilities (airports, hotels, hospitals, etc.)
Should also be done for bridges and major road intersections
Needs to be done far in advance to the ceremonies
Needs to look at criminal commodities, criminals/attackers, and targets: Targets will be athletes and VIPs

Broken down into 5 categories
Done on a 10 point scale with 10 being the most accurate/truthful; the rating is bases on the information possessed , it’s validity, and source reliability
Once assessment is done it is assigned a color
All finished assessments should be given to the person in charge of vetting all possible threats
A special eye should be kept for possible terrorism threats Law Enforcement Training: A Training Needs Assessment needs to be conducted by training teams/committees and with other participating agencies.
Specialized units do not have to be specially trained for the ceremony just have to adjust their skills to the security plan
Training should begin early in the planning process for the Opening Ceremony
Agencies and departments should keep a log of who received which types of training for the event Training Topics: Most important/Should receive most attention-
Procedures/drills that help various agencies (law enforcement, fire/EMS, etc.) communicate and cooperate efficiently
On Scene force
Other Important Training for Large Events
Training in Incident Command System(ICS)/Unified Command(UC)
Training on the use of specialized equipment and personal protective equipment
Security Plan Briefing (all personnel)
Legal Issues
Crowd Control Tactic training for the entire field force
Training on how to identify signs of possible terrorist activity How to Deliver Training: Roll Call
Video Training
Department Web sites
Tabletop Exercises
Field Exercises Background
Inter-Agency Contact
Event Classificaton
Communication with the Community
Suspicious Activity Reporting
Partnerships & Vulnerabilities
Law Enforcement Training
Post Event Post-Event Complete Administration & Logistics Plan Logistics wrap-up
Collect equipment
Complete accounting duties
Interviews/surveys giving a comprehensive view of event’s operations After-Action Report Critiques of all operations
Recommendations: what did and did not work, what should be changed in the future, etc…
These should be done at the conclusion of each day for multi-day events
5 Main Functions of the After-Action Report (Connors, 2007): Document what functions & activities occurred during the event
Document what security was implementedand whether it was implemented according to the security operations plan
Identify what security actions were done correctly and worked
Identify what security actions were implemented incorrectly, the reasons why, and the consequences
Make recommendations for what should be retained and changed for security at future events gangs- harass the public
protestors- block traffic or impede entrance into park
crowd control
communication with the community
lessons learned from past Olympics should be used to guide security, crowd, and event policies
planning should begin ASAP- NSSE
use a fusion center
use of aerial surveillance and radar control similar to that used in Salt Lake games
no air traffic at O’Hare and midway during the games
F-16s on standby
Use military troops at airports and surrounding Wrigley field Concerns & Considerations Questions & Comments?
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