Security At Presidents Cup Will Be Challenge For Dublin Police
"This is a total different animal,” says Lt. Steve Farmer of Dublin Police.
He’s preparing to put two years of security planning into action for Thursday's start of the Presidents Cup Golf Tournament.
"The atmosphere is more like a World Cup and Olympics, that sort of thing," he says.
From security cameras watching nearly every inch of the 220 acre course to a dozen bomb sniffing dogs and an estimated 100 law enforcement inside and out of the golf tournament, this is sporting event is like nothing Dublin has ever seen.
That’s why state, federal and local police are being brought in to assist.
Before fans enter the gates, each will met by security to be checked for weapons or other prohibited items.
In the event of weather warnings or other security issues, police plan to notify fans through giant message boards placed at several locations along the course.
Farmer hopes his two years of preparation for this event will have his crews prepared for the unexpected.
In the end, he says the goal is simple.
"We want this to be safest tournament the PGA has ever seen, he said.
Police say the biggest challenge for fans will be getting here.
It's a six mile shuttle bus drive from the Columbus Zoo which is handling all the parking for the event.
Not only does this event draw the world greatest golfers, but it will bring heads of state as well.
Dublin police say former president George W. Bush is expected to attend.
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