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Police Announce Security Measures For Clinton Visit

Last updated on Tuesday, April 1, 2008

(BEDFORD) - The Bedford Police Department’s Assistant Chief, Dan Kirk, has advised WBIW News as to what security measures will be implemented in order to keep former President Bill Clinton, and those attending his visit to Bedford Middle School, safe.

Kirk says Bedford and Lawrence County officers will be cooperating to handle security, and that they will be the lead security force for the event after Secret Service agents deliver the president to the school.

Two streets will be shut down starting at 10:00am tomorrow morning. O Street between 15th and 16th Streets and 15th Street between O and M Streets will be closed down until some time after the event.

Colonel Kirk advises parking will be a nightmare for those who wish to attend, and that attendees who don't get there early enough will likely be facing a pretty healthy walk.

Bedford police also say they will not allow purses, backpacks, bags, packages or anything else that could potentially conceal a security risk, so attendees are encouraged to either leave them at home or in the car.

Kirk also said that signs will be permissible, so long as they are not attached to any sort of stick or pole. Those could be potentially be used as weapons.

Finally, small cameras and camcorders will be allowed, however, if you still have one of those old VHS "bazooka" camcorders or any other large camera, you should also leave that at home.

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