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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