President Trump's Visit Costs Erie $30,000+
For the first time in 14 years, a sitting president stopped in Erie, Wednesday.
A visit from one of the most powerful men in the world, means security was tight, and required extra man-power.
President Trump has his own security team, but of course our local police agencies were tasked with secondary security measures, to ensure the president and the crowds were safe.
More than half of the Erie police force was tasked to work President Trump's visit to Erie on Wednesday.
90 officers including specialty units like the SWAT Team, sniper unit, bomb squad, Vice unit, and motorcycle unit, were all on hand, “We obviously had a large amount of officers on the inside and outside to make sure everybody was safe, and it went very smooth, the protests were peaceful and the supporters coming in to see the president were peaceful as well,” said Erie Police Captain Rick Lorah.
From the presidential motorcade on the ground, to a State Police helicopter in the sky, to crowd control, it was a collaborative police effort involving many agencies.
The Sheriff’s department, Pennsylvania State Police, and District attorney’s office sent officers to help too, “We were able to pull together, everybody here at the police department and the surrounding agencies really pulled together and offered a lot of assistance so that helped us a lot,” said Lorah.
And while President Trump's visit is a boost to Erie, it came with a hefty price tag for the city.
Overtime costs are still being calculated, but it's estimated the cost to the city, just for police coverage, to be between $20,000 and $33,000, “It was a huge amount of work, I think just about every police officer was in to work that day, and many of them were on overtime, it was a lot of money, we had to block off a lot of streets, and control a lot of traffic,” said Erie Mayor Joe Schember.
And Erie's mayor says he doesn't expect the city will be reimbursed by the Trump campaign, “It would be nice if his campaign would step up and pay for it because there were a lot of campaign activities that occurred,” said Schember. “I'm not aware of any city of getting reimbursed for anything like this, I know he's been doing a lot of it as well, we're researching that a little bit, but my guess is we're probably not going to get reimbursed,” Schember continued.
For the streets and fire departments it's an additional $1,116, for a total of about $36,000.
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