The UOPSC's planning builds on the successful processes and procedures already used by Salt Lake's emergency response agencies.
Still, according to Kramer, the agencies and jurisdictions that normally handle a specific type of safety event will continue to do so, with additional support provided by the UOPSC. "We draw support resources and volunteer workers from all over, including out of state, and public safety agencies from around the world."
The backlash, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, scared UOPSC off the technology, but at least one local jurisdiction was undaunted.
Although UOPSC backed off the technology in the face of public pressure, Kerstein said he has encountered "no resistance." In fact, the system, by Graphco Technologies Inc., will remain in use at the E Center indefinitely for hockey games, concerts, and other events, Kerstein says.
Though the risk of anthrax being sent by mail seems to have subsided, SLOC and UOPSC are taking the threat seriously.
To smooth the way, the Utah legislature created the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command (UOPSC) in 1998.
About 20 agencies are represented in UOPSC, including the Salt Lake City Police Department, the FBI, the U.S.