University Police Assist Presidential Motorcade

University Police Assist Presidential Motorcade
President Barack Obama tours the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, California,
and examines hybrid vehicles. White House Photo, 3/19/09, Lawrence Jackson

State University Police officers provided a helping hand to the Pomona Police Department and the US Secret Service Thursday morning when President Barack Obama visited the area.  

The logistics of providing security for the Presidential motorcade, stretching over several miles on city streets and the I-10 Freeway, required more officers than Pomona had available. Six university police officers were detailed to provide traffic control and security at various points in the city.

President Obama toured the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, where he also announced funding for electric vehicle innovation. He began his two-day trip to Southern California yesterday in Costa Mesa. On Thursday he was also expected to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and attend a town hall meeting in Los Angeles.

State University Police and the Pomona Police Department frequently assist one another on events and emergencies.  In the past Cal Poly Pomona's officers have traveled across the state when needed as part of California's statewide law enforcement mutual aid system.

While helping other agencies, university police officers gain valuable experience they can bring back to the campus.