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Millions of dollars have been set aside for Olympic security. And the security measures involve everything from bomb threats to keeping large crowds under control.

The Utah Highway Patrol put on a demonstration on how it will handle crowds.

Wednesday, it was dummy bullets and empty tear gas canisters. In the event of a real problem, members of the Utah Highway Patrol are prepared.

With the aid of federal grant money, all of the state's UHP Troopers have been outfitted with special gear, that they'll use in the event of a problem with crowd control.

"Most of them will be primarily assigned to other assignments," said Col. Earl Morris, deputy commissioner of Public Safety. "However, in the event of a critical incident that requires a stonger show of force, then they will be deployed."

Because the world will be watching, the Olympics could be a target for large-scale protests, as was the case a couple of years ago, when riots occured at the World Trade Organizations' convention in Seattle.

Utah's troopers are training for any type of situation, and have a bag of weapons and other tools at their immediate disposal.

"The more things I have in that bag, the more tools I have to use, the better I'm able to respond to any situation," said Lt. Kevin Youngberg of the UHP.

Besides the weapons, each of the men will wear bullet proof outfits, with heavy duty helmets and masks. All this for the Olympics? When it comes to security, preparation is a must.

"Ideally, when I'm done with the Olympics I hope to take that bag out of my truck, and put it in my garage, unopened," Youngberg said.

The highway patrol troopers have been training with the new equipment since last year.