Secret Service to Beef Up Graduation Security

Expect a lot of these guys ( below right) at commencement. The Hartford Courant reports on the security measures needed to deal with the enormous excitement surrounding this event:

While the announcement of Obama’s coming was a boon for the university and left many students and faculty giddy, it also sent officials scrambling to figure out how to manage the appearance of a powerful orator who effortlessly draws thousands, if not tens of thousands, to his rallies…

David Pesci, a Wesleyan spokesman, said university officials are working out the logistics of the event and will consult the Secret Service, which has been protecting Obama for about a year…

The Secret Service began forming a security plan Thursday afternoon for Obama’s visit to Middletown.

“We’ll be working in cooperation with state and local police,” said Brian Murphy, resident-agent-in-charge of the Secret Service’s New Haven field office.

Obama’s presence means extra security precautions, more media attention, and a screening of guests and participants, but Murphy said the goal is to ensure Obama’s safety “with a minimum of interference to the event.”

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3 thoughts on “Secret Service to Beef Up Graduation Security

  1. Anonymous

    My advice to my fellow students is to behave. The Secret Service will make the Middletown Police and State Police seem like a walk in the park. If they tell you to do something; do it!

  2. Anonymous

    My advice to my fellow students is to behave. The Secret Service will make the Middletown Police and State Police seem like a walk in the park. If they tell you to do something; do it!

  3. Anonymous

    My advice to my fellow students is to behave. The Secret Service will make the Middletown Police and State Police seem like a walk in the park. If they tell you to do something; do it!

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