Planning Ahead

A massive police presence, both visible and behind the scenes, is expected Friday for the visit of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the historic visit by Roberts, who will be speaking at the Robert H. Jackson Center at 10 a.m.

“There will be several police agencies present,” said Capt. Todd Isaacson of the Jamestown Police Department. “We want to err on the side of caution and ensure the safety of the chief justice and of everyone who will be coming out to see him.”

Isaacson said city police will be working alongside the U.S. Marshalls Service, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, state and local police, as well as security from the Supreme Court. The agencies met Tuesday to discuss Roberts’ visit.

Isaccson said attendees should expect to see a large police presence close to the event. Prendergast Avenue, from East Third to East Fifth streets will be closed at 6:30 a.m. East Fourth Street, from East Second to Spring streets also will be closed to traffic. The roads will reopen at noon.

“We will be out and about,” Isaccson said. “But there will also be a lot of police that people don’t see. Of course, I can’t go too much into detail, but there will be a large presence.”

Police ask that residents attending the event avoid bringing large bags, including backpacks. “There will be a lot going on, and if people were to leave things like that at home, it will alleviate a lot of anxiety,” the captain said.