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Security preparations for PGA
Pittsford. N.Y. - The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has been prepping for the PGA for two years.
"We are going to have a large presence, in and around the area," Major Lou Tomassetti with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.
Tomassetti said some of that presence will be apparent and some not so obvious.
He said you will notice officers helping with the flow of traffic and at various check points, but there's work already done you won't see.
"The FBI is helping us both on the course - they've done literally thousands of background checks," Tomassetti said, working to make sure anyone who works at the event is not a threat.
And because the event brings some high profile names, police will stay close to the players.
"The higher profile players definitely travel with their own security and we let them do their own thing," Tomassetti said. "But we definitely keep a close eye and we'll be tailing them around the course."
"We'll be keeping a close eye, just to make sure nobody jumps the ropes or something like that."
While Tomassetti says fans are mostly well behaved during events like these - past events have taught him that you can never be too cautious.
"We're sensitive to what's going on around the country. Obviously, Boston is on the top of everybody's minds right now. We are very sensitive to that and we learn from these things. I definitely have security measures in place that we didn't have 10 years ago," Tomassetti said.
The County said overtime will be minimal.
"We're going to be staffing this event with special operations personnel, staff services personnel and others. So, the road patrol will not be impacted by this. It will function as it always does," Tomassetti said.
The County will get a $30,000 grant to help offset costs.