Vancouver has come up with an Olympic solution for housing close to 5,000 RCMP (Canadian cops) for the 2010 Winter Games. For the duration of the Olympic events, the police officers will be offered accommodation aboard two luxury liners offshore to allow security personnel to be closer to the action. Housing space in the city is sparse, so making use of the open area on the water is an innovative, albeit expensive, solution. The temporary lodging will cost the city $37.5 million, but Vancouver considers their proximity worth it.
“In fact, it’s more economical than staying a hotel,” Cpl. Gursharn Bernier of the Winter Games’ Integrated Security Unit said.
That and it keeps hotels free for the approximate 250,000 anticipated visitors.