Security Preparations for Presidential Candidates

The recent visits from presidential candidates prompted Newscenter 11 to ask area law enforcement what goes into preparing for visit from high profile politicians.

Sgt. Chad Johnson with the Meridian Police Department tells us authorities begin by holding a meeting to determine what sorts of things officers need to be watching out for. Johnson says traffic is also a concern, which is why officials plan out specific routes of transportation in order to prevent delays.

"Just be aware that there's extra security in the area," Johnson says. "If you're asked to move along, step aside or not to go somewhere, please comply because we're not trying to be mean but it's from a security standpoint."

No major security issues to report following visits from both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

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  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    we would not have a problem if everyone had done what i did.... STAY AWAY..... besides, my cat box needed new litter that day.
  • by Still Laughing Location: Miami on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    Meridian and Security? Can we say JOKE! I can't stop laughing. I'm sure the secret service does NOT need MPD to help them protect Dummies #1, 2 or 3
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
    when it comes to 'security', meridian has to be the biggest joke of them all!!
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