Of note: Given the success of the 2010 Olympics, we believe that people will again congregate in the Granville/Robson corridors. This issue is complicated with the proliferation of social media which has recently been used to organize large impromptu gatherings in the GED as recently as February 26. This is a factor that the VPD needs to consider when estimating and planning for crowds that could increase as a result of these impromptu events.
With our local experience of crowd behaviour and building on the experience of both Calgary and Edmonton, it is clear that we must deploy police resources to provide safety and security to those citizens that attend to celebrate responsibly while dealing swiftly with those who are intent on causing problems. Our most recent experience allows us to reduce our deployment from that of past years while still allowing us to respond appropriately.