Police say massive task of protecting the President was an honor
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A massive effort involving Federal and local police insured the President’s safety in Central New York.
Syracuse Police collaborated with the Secret Service as the Free World’s most powerful man passed through Syracuse and its surrounding communities.
Police kept the security details close to the vest leading up to President Obama’s visit.
More than 150 Syracuse Police officers were concentrated within a few city blocks – keeping a tight perimeter around Henninger High School.
A tremendous amount of coordination and manpower was involved in pulling off a secure and safe presidential visit.
The Secret Service carries out the detailed security plan with support from local and State Police.
Thursday, Syracuse Police lined Teall Avenue – officers walked the streets directing traffic and controlling crowds – as cars constantly patrolled.
“It’s not often we get a visit in our city from the President, and in today's world we know there are threats out there and we wanted to make sure everything went smooth as possible and the secret service was extremely pleased with how things went,” said Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan.
Police say it was a once in a lifetime chance to protect the President.
“It doesn't get any bigger than yesterday to have the most powerful man in the United States to be in your city, and we were very honored,” said Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler.
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