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NCJ Number: 118860 Find in a Library
Title: Protecting the Olympic Torch
Journal: Terrorism, Violence and Insurgency Journal  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(Winter 1985)  Pages:26-30
Author(s): D E Wurth
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Many terrorists understand the value of symbols when considering target opportunities such as the 1984 run with the Olympic Torch from New York to Los Angeles.
Abstract: Advance preparations included an advance agent for each State that the torch would pass through. These agents were asked to secure uniformed traffic escort officers when the torch passed through their jurisdiction. A motorcade configuration of six vehicles was developed to escort the flame and the runners who also had to be protected from inattentive drivers. Traffic safety was a major concern as was crowd control especially the problem of keeping the crowd from surging between the motorcade vehicles. Massive resources were required to keep the Olympic Torch route terror free. 1 Note.
Main Term(s): Citizen/business terrorism prevention
Index Term(s): Domestic terrorism; Sporting event violent behavior
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