Few troops fired from Olympic duty

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER - The top official of the Canadian Forces’ Operation Podium said he can “count on one hand” the number of military personnel fired from Olympic duty for misconduct.

Rear Adm. Tyrone Pile said he could not discuss code of conduct violations, but they were mostly booze-related and not criminal.

“They were dealt with in the Canadian Forces disciplinary system, nothing outside,” Pile said.

Pile banned alcohol during the operation. By comparison, 15 cops were kicked out of the RCMP-led Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit, which did not restrict off-duty drinking.

Pile’s Esquimalt-based unit provided V2010 ISU with 4,500 personnel -- half from the army, and a quarter each from the air force and navy. The Department of National Defence was allotted $212 million of the overall $900 million Games security budget.

“I do not anticipate any surprises, because everything went according to plan,” said Pile, who retires in September. “It was tremendous for all of Canada that we were able to demonstrate this is how you conduct security operations for a large, complex event.”

Pile said security incidents during the Games were “minor in nature.” Encroachments of restricted airspace, marine zones or the back-country were caused by ignorance or error. He said one tugboat driver “persisted on cutting a corner on a security zone” but was issued a police warning.

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