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By Rosemary Pollock

Salt Lake Temple a 'High Profile' Security Problem During Winter Olympics

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- When see the 2002 Olympic Games you will be seeing the majesty of Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The majesty of the granite downtown temple, that lies in a 17-block "secure area" of Temple Square, will pose a high profile security problem. The high profile security zone will be surrounded by chain-link fences that will stretch from North Temple to 400 South and from 500 West to West Temple and surround the Medals Plaza, the Delta Center and the Salt Palace.

Church security officials hope to make Temple Square as accessible as po ssible to the tens of thousands of global visitors but are concerned about security. "The challenge is to provide free and unimpeded access to [Temple Square] and balance that with public safety," said Church spokesman Mike Otterson. "You have to pay very close attention to public safety issues."

With less than a year to Opening Ceremony, Church security officials are trying to decide to "mag" or "bag", police slang for magnetometers that people walk through or surrender to bag searches. "It's good to be overcautious," said Lou Bertram, a retired Salt Lake City FBI agent. "If the Olympics were held in Rome, Vatican security would be on high alert."

Utah Olympic Public Safety Command (UOPSC) will oversee all security procedures and have determined that magnetometers will be used at all Olympic venues. "There is concern that the historic downtown City-County Building would likely be a target," said John Sittner Salt Lake Olympic Coordinator. "It's a difficult balance. We want to provide for an open celebration, but there has to be protection of the public."


Visibility of Salt Lake Temple During 2002 Games Raises Security Concerns
Salt Lake Tribune 7Mar01 N1
By Michael Vigh: Salt Lake Tribune


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