Security And The Presidential Visit

When President Bush made his way to Colorado a week ago, local law enforcement assisted with security.

In Denver the police presence was minimal, according to Detective John White with the city’s Public Information Office. He confirmed that one Sergeant and eight Officers briefly covered the event, and estimated the cost was approximately $1,500.

Aurora was a different story.According to Department Public Information Officer, Marcus Dudley, 72-75 officers were working to protect the President.

“Although it was kept to a minimum, there were some officers that were allowed to work off duty, or on extra duty, to assist with that particular security detail,” said Dudley.

The cost to the city was not immediately known.

Bush had flown into Buckley Air Force Base, located in Aurora, before traveling to attend a fundraiser for congressional candidate Rick O’Donnell in Denver.

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Erin Rosa

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature.

Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state.

Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters.

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