Pan Am Games venues get second security sweep
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Jul 07, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Pan Am Games venues get second security sweep

Routine security inspection finds problem with a fence


Toronto Police and Pan Am organizers conducted a second security sweep of the downtown Games venues on Tuesday after a problem was detected in its fences.

Commuters trying to take shortcuts to transit apparently caused the gaps in fences at the downtown Pan Am Park, Toronto police Staff-Sergeant Devin Kealey said.

“We have no reason to believe there was criminal intent,” Kealey said.

Games spokesperson Kevin Dove said in an email on Tuesday that officials “have no reason to believe there is a security threat.”

“Yesterday, during routine inspection of the fence around Pan Am Park, the ISU (Integrated Security Unit) determined that additional security measures were required,” Dove said. “Those improvements are now being completed.”

“In addition, as a precaution, the Integrated Security Unit and Toronto Police Services conducted a second security sweep of the Pan Am Park venues, including the Main Media Centre, located within this perimeter,” Dove said. “This was completed before the media centre opened today.”

Pan Am officials did not specify where the fence problem was identified. Pan Am Park is located at Exhibition Place.

Kealey said that the threat level is deemed to be “medium,” which is generally the level of threat Canada is said to be under.

“It has been (medium) for a long time,” Kealey said.

“Right now, there are no direct threats that we are aware of,” he said. “That’s continually assessed.”

Toronto Star

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