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Local law enforcement to assist Secret Service
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Local law enforcement officials met Thursday with United States Secret Service agents to determine security needs and procedures for President George W. Bush's expected visit Monday.
    Bush will speak during a political rally for former congressman Max Burns, who faces incumbent Congressman John Barrow in a race for Georgia's 12th Congressional seat.
    While no specific details regarding security procedures, the route the president will be using to reach the rally at Georgia Southern University 's Hanner Fieldhouse, or which roads will be closed during the event, representatives of all local law enforcement agencies confirmed Thursday their respective departments will take an active part in assisting Secret Service agents in making sure the event is as safe as possible.
    Statesboro Police Capt. Wendell Turner said Thursday afternoon "We are currently briefing with Secret Service to define our role" in helping with security measures.
    The Statesboro Police Department will likely be helping with both  traffic control and crowd control, he said.
    "We will have extra coverage," he said. "All personnel will be coming in for this detail." The regular shift for that day will handle duties they encounter daily, but all other officers who would normally be off duty at that time will be on hand to  help with the president's visit, he said.
    Officials are not yet releasing details about the routes or which roads will be closed, but "some roads will be temporarily closed," Turner said. "And there will be a detour for large truck traffic."
    Georgia Southern University isn't releasing any details, either.
    GSU spokesman Stephen Ward said University Police will "cooperate and partner with whatever needs the Secret Service can identify ... (including) traffic control and crowd flow."
    There will be between 4,000 and 5,000 people at Hanner Fieldhouse Monday morning, he said. The GSU Police duties will likely be "mostly a focus on crowd control."
    That includes monitoring any protest efforts, although Ward said he is "not aware of any organized efforts" from protesters.
    Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson met with Secret Service agents Thursday as well, and said his deputies will "assist Secret Service with several aspects of " security.
    "We have had a couple of meetings with them, and we will be on hand to help them where they need us," he said. "We will pretty much have our department at their disposal."
    "I can't speak as to what t he security measures are," said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Josh Lamb, who added he and others from GSP Post 45 also met with Secret Service agents Thursday. Troopers will also be assisting in the event, mainly through traffic control measures.
    This means likely overtime for all departments, and will definitely be a cost to the City of Statesboro and Bulloch County, said Statesboro City Manager George Wood.
    "Typically, when a dignitary visits, the city of county picks (the expenses) up," he said. While he did not have an estimate of the cost, " it is not going to be an exorbitant amount, maybe five or six hours of overtime for about two thirds of the (police) force."
    Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch said the county is not expected to have as big an expense as the city or university. While the extra coverage for the president's visit will require additional manpower, "it is not a very huge financial impact," he said.
    The "Georgia Victory 2006 Rally" will begin around 11 a.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
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