Safety given top priority at Beijing Olympics
By Zhu Zhe (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-12-29 06:51
Security measures are in full swing to ensure a safe and peaceful Beijing
2008 Olympic Games, officials said yesterday.
Among them are regulations to be released next year,
which will spell out requirements on traffic control, behaviour at venues and
what to do in the case of an emergency.
Police officers are ready for a mission in
Beijing in this photo taken in September, 2005.
"The temporary regulations will only apply to Beijing during the Games," said
Lu Shimin, deputy chief of the Beijing Public Security Bureau. "It is something
that we will focus on next year, and currently we are collecting views from home
Lu, also head of the security department of the Beijing Organizing Committee
for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) also disclosed a plan to build a
security headquarters, which will include a traffic control centre, two fire
fighting stations and a police bureau. Construction of these facilities will
begin in April and be completed by the end of 2007.
Next year, a new security system that will categorize all Olympic venues into
A, B, C and D, based on the number of spectators and the nature of the event,
will be implemented and tested. It aims to ensure that ample security personnel
and measures are deployed.
Police forces will be assigned one of three different tasks to deal with
As for each venue, its surroundings will be taken into account when drafting
"We'll test the system next year in big sporting events such as the China
Open and Beijing 2006 World Junior Championships," said Yu.
To prevent terrorist attacks, a special-forces team of 150-personnel has been
set up for the Games. This team may be expanded next year.