May 20, 2014 3:45 pm

Major security effort ready for royal visit to Winnipeg

Police wouldn't say how many officers are involved in the operation however did call the undertaking "huge". The royals arrive at 17 Wing in Winnipeg Tuesday evening, and make several visits in the city Wednesday including at Red River College where Prime Minister Stephen Harper will also be in attendance and at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

WINNIPEG – As Winnipeg prepares to welcome Prince Charles, the RCMP are all hands on deck to make sure the royal couple’s visit is safe.

“We do have a bunch of specialty services from within the RCMP that will be engaged, such as police dog services and people who specialize in detecting bomb and bomb threats,” said Tara Steel, with the RCMP, who added some officers are specially trained to work with VIPs.

The RCMP is in charge of everything from the motorcades to bodyguards as well as site security.

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“We’re really looking forward to being able to put our skills to good use and make sure it’s a safe and secure visit not only for the royals but the people attending the event,” said Steel.

She would not say how many officers are involved in the operation however did call the undertaking “huge.”

The royals arrive at 17 Wing in Winnipeg Tuesday evening, and make several visits in the city Wednesday, including to Red River College, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper will also be in attendance, and the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The cost of the royal tour is shared between the province and the federal government.

Officials from the province wouldn’t estimate how much it will cost Manitoba until after everything wraps up.

It is reportedly costing taxpayers around $720,000 for the four-day, three-province tour. Estimates out of P.E.I. peg the cost of the couple’s visit there at $100,000.

Provincial officials said the Manitoba leg will likely be in that ballpark.

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