Eleven members of Games security unit sent home over disciplinary issues

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VANCOUVER - Four Canadian Forces personnel and seven police officers from the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit responsible for protecting the Vancouver Games have been sent home for code-of-conduct violations.
And Vancouver Police say they are investigating two members of the unit, also known as the ISU, in connection to incidents that occurred in the City of Vancouver. No further details of the allegations were released.
Staff Sgt. Mike Cote, spokesman for the ISU, wouldn't give any further details on the two police investigations, but said Friday the other code-of-conduct cases could range from not showing up for work to drinking.
Cote said he did not know what allegations have been made against the two officers under investigation by Vancouver police.
"Suffice to say there are two incidences that are being investigated by the Vancouver Police department in relation to ISU members," Cote told reporters. He said the unit is co-operating with Vancouver police in the investigation.
The officers involved have been sent home, but Cote was not sure whether they have returned to duties in their home detachments.
"I know they are no longer with the ISU, they are no longer part of our security workforce and they've been asked to return to their home units," he said.
Cote said there have been rumours about the behaviour on board the cruise ship housing ISU personnel, but none of the incidents are alleged to have taken place on board the ship docked near Squamish, B.C., half way between Vancouver and Whistler.
"I'd like to make it clear right here, right now, there's been allegations of sex trade workers being brought on the ship and so on, I can emphatically state today that is absolutely not true. None of those incidences ever took place," he said.
He said it has been "disturbing" to have the unit painted with such a brush.
"They are doing a fantastic job," Cote said.
Games spokeswoman Renee Smith-Valade referred questions back to the ISU, but said the number of officers involved is "very, very small," considering the thousands of police officers and members of the military serving in the unit.
There are approximately 16,000 police officers and military personnel at the Olympics, including 6,000 police officers from 118 departments across the country.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer, who is in charge of the ISU, said last week that two members had been relieved of duty and sent home for breaches of "ethics and values" in separate incidents.

Organizations: Canadian Forces, RCMP, Vancouver Police department

Geographic location: Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler

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