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Terrorist Threat to Major Events

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 26 Issue: 3 Dated: (March 1989) Pages: 38-45
K Sallows
Date Published
8 pages
This article addresses challenges in counterterrorism and protective security posed by two Canadian events between September 1987 and June 1988: the Calgary Winter Olympics and the Toronto Economic Summit.
An overview of the planning process, which began in 1981 for the Olympics and 1986 for the Summit, emphasizes interagency cooperation and intelligence sharing. The threat assessment process developed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is detailed and illustrated by the Olympics. Highlights of previous economic summits show that they have become an established terrorist target. Analyzing this succession of terrorist attacks helped identify probable targets and tactics and focused attention on the Anti-Imperialist International Brigades strongly associated with the Japanese Red Army. The author reviews methods found to be most effective in dealing with terrorist threats to international events: integrated intelligence units on site; 24-hour headquarters support teams; briefings to specialized groups; mock exercises involving terrorist scenarios; training of investigators, protective personnel, and volunteer groups; motorcades; computerization. Tables and photographs.