Teamwork important for Presidents Cup security
Local, state and federal law enforcement will work together to keep things safe at the Presidents Cup.
Dublin Police Lt. Steve Farmer is coordinating the agencies for the event to be held Tuesday, Oct. 1 through Oct. 6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club and those involved include the Franklin and Delaware County Sheriffs; Ohio State Highway Patrol; Columbus, Shawnee Hills and Powell Police Departments; Secret Service; FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
"A lot of players in this work together at OSU football games," Farmer said.
"I went to them and said 'You're very good at handling these events.' We handle the Memorial Tournament, but I went to them and said 'You're the experts. If you can help, please do.'"
Gov. John Kasich offered state law enforcement for the event and Farmer is working closely with the Columbus divisions of police and fire because golfers and dignitaries will be housed in downtown Columbus.
By working together, law enforcement will man metal detectors at every gate to the Presidents Cup, sweep cars that have access to the grounds and check the small handbags allowed on the course.
No bags larger than 6-by-6-by-6 inches will be permitted.
"The grounds will be cleared every morning," Farmer said.
The PGA Tour has also hired private security to keep things running smoothly and safe.
Although the Dublin Police Department handles the Memorial Tournament every year, Farmer said additional training was done for personal security of the golfers.
"We now have 15 people trained in principal security," he said.
At the Presidents Cup, Farmer said law enforcement will have two command centers for officers handling security and traffic.
"We have a 65-man department so this is pretty taxing," he said. "We're using county resources more."
The Dublin Police Department will also have its hands full on Oct. 3 when the street festival takes to the streets of Historic Dublin.
"We'll have more people working than usual during the Presidents Cup," Farmer said.
"We'll have officers on 12-hour shifts that week," Farmer said.
"We built the tournament into our budget. We padded overtime this year knowing we will get reimbursed (from the PGA) on the back end ... . We won't get all of it back, but most of it."
With thousands of spectators and patrons expected for the Presidents Cup, Farmer has an idea of what kind of trouble to look for.
He observed the law enforcement procedures at the 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia.
"In Australia the audience was very well behaved while they were watching golf," Farmer said.
"But when they get away from that there's a party."
In Australia, Farmer said he saw an Olympics-like atmosphere where contingencies from different countries cheered for their golfer.
"There are very avid fans," he said.
For the very enthusiastic fans, taxis are recommended.
Dublin Senior Public Information Officer Jodi Andes said two taxi stands will be set up outside Fore!Fest on Oct. 3 and $10 SafeRide taxi vouchers will be handed out at Historic Dublin restaurants.