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Security at Monday’s visit by former President Bill Clinton had little to no problems.
Harrison County Sheriff Mike Deatrick met with two Secret Service agents Sunday to outline details for the event and what they needed from local law enforcement officials.
‘They talked about what they wanted with the fire chief and (Corydon Police) Chief (Jim) Kendall, and said they needed help getting an ambulance on standby. We called up to the hospital and took care of that for them, and from there, everything went pretty smooth,’ Deatrick said.
Normally, the sheriff’s department has five to six officers on duty at any one time, but for Monday’s event the number was 15, including seven SORT (Special Operations Response Team) officers staged outside the Corydon Central Junior High School gymnasium where Clinton spoke. Also, an active shooter team (a type of special response team), headed by Officer Gil Romero, was on hand.
As for actual cost to the county, Deatrick said he didn’t have those numbers available.
‘When they brought in Mrs. (Lynne) Cheney, we spent a heck of a lot more money on that because they had to have so many people for so many things and we brought a lot of extra people in,’ Deatrick said. ‘At that time, the Secret Service thought there was a lot higher risk. Also, at that time, we had a full staff of reserves that took off from work to help us work her event. At this time (we’re) not blessed with the staff to do that.
‘The main thing with the President’s visit is we wanted to make sure Harrison County had a good name all the way through and I think we did that. The Secret Service told us what an excellent job we did and everything went exactly as they had planned it.’
Well, almost. The Indiana State Police chose an alternate route to bring Clinton from Louisville International Airport. He had originally been slated to take S.R. 135 to S.R. 62 and proceed from the west side of town; however, the motorcade elected to turn from S.R. 135 to Old S.R. 135 near Shireman’s Farm Market and enter from the north side of Corydon.
‘I don’t know if it was for extra security or not, but that’s the route they elected to take even though we had the other roads blocked off,’ Deatrick said.
The Town of Corydon, which usually has two officers at the ready, had four officers on duty during Clinton’s visit.
The only incident worth noting was that one spectator became light-headed during the speech in the sweltering gymnasium and required brief medical attention.
Comments made in jest by three students the morning of Clinton’s visit were taken seriously by the Secret Service. Secret Service personnel met with school officials, the students and their parents, and appropriate discipline measures were taken.
‘We take all threats seriously, and while the students may have been joking when they made their comments, it got serious real fast,’ said South Harrison Supt. Neyland Clark. ‘The Secret Service was very pleased with the way it was handled.’
‘The comments that were made were overheard by teachers and reported to me, and I was required to report those comments to the Secret Service,’ said CCJHS principal Mark Black, noting the whole ordeal was blown out of proportion by what he described as sensationalistic journalism by television station WLKY-32 in Louisville. ‘The situation was handled consistent with how we handle any situation like this.’
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