Anchorage police officers help with Olympics security

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage Police Department officers are helping provide security at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Officers Bob Glen, Slav Markie-wicz and Ken Cole are spending February in Salt Lake City as part of a team of more than 2,000 officers pulled from across the nation for the world games. They are patrolling the games as part of a 620-member volunteer police force. They aren't getting a salary and must take vacation time from their jobs. They even had to buy their own plane tickets. But they're not complaining.

"We not only get to see it, we get to see it from the inside,'' Cole said.

Four Alaska state troopers and a Juneau police officer also are there.

The Olympics opened on Friday. About $310 million will be spent on security for the 2,500 athletes from 84 nations and territories, as well as an estimated $2 million spectators and visitors.

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