Security Shines In Chief Justice Visit

No news was good news for police agencies handling Friday’s visit by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Aside from a few residents feeling the ill effects of the warm weather, police had a relatively quiet morning, Capt. Todd Isaacson of the Jamestown Police Department said.

“We did have a few medical issues as a result of the heat, but EMS quickly responded,” Isaacson said, noting no one was transported to the hospital. “For police it was a non-event sort of day, and that is great news for us.”

Jamestown police were assisted Friday by New York State Police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, Supreme Court Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. More than 50 officers were present for Roberts’ visit to the Robert H. Jackson Center, Isaacson said.

“We had a lot of stakeholders working together to address any issues that may have come up,” he said.

Alstar Ambulance and the county’s mobile command truck were positioned near the Jackson Center. The truck, put into service this year, served as a hub for police operations.

“We were there in a support role,” said Julius Leone, county fire coordinator and director of emergency services. “With the command truck we were able to facilitate and provide police with what they needed. I’m very pleased that everyone worked well together.”

Isaacson said planning for Roberts’ visit kicked into high gear last month. The event, which celebrated the Robert H. Jackson Center’s 10th anniversary, was marked by a massive police presence. Plainclothes officers also were present, as were numerous K-9 units.

“The fact that we had a non-event public safety-wise at something of this scale is the success,” Isaacson said.