Friday, October 02, 2015
After initially refusing to provide security for Hillary Clinton because of lack of paid overtime, police department relents
"According to an official who attended an interagency meeting on Monday but was not authorized to discuss the private session, there was 'very spirited debate' over the planning of (today's) event," Ballou writes. "The Secret Service wanted to add Bailey Hall or an outdoor tent to accommodate the expected large crowds. But Assistant Police Chief Keith Dunn argued that adding sites would stretch the department's ability to provide adequate security and would hit their overtime budget hard." According to the official, Dunn said, "If you aren't paying us, we aren't going to be there."
Last month the Davie Police Department spent $5,800 for a visit from Vice President Joseph Biden, Ballou writes. Engle denied claims that the initial move to not provide security for Clinton was political in nature. (Read more)