Local police help protect President Obama

By Jillian Marshall

August 24, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2013 at 12:08 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The undertaking of protecting the leader of the United States was placed on the shoulders of local law enforcement Friday.

Hundreds of police officers lined the streets, closed off roads and assisted the secret service with President Obama's visit.

New York State Police, Broome County Sheriff's Office and the Vestal Police Department played key roles in President Obama's security, but almost every local police department played some part in Obama's successful visit on Friday.

State Police Capt. Eric Janis said troopers dealt mostly with protecting the motorcade up and down Interstate 81, while Vestal police shut down local roads like the Vestal Parkway.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office assisted the secret service with protecting the president.

Broome County Capt. Fredrick Akshar says they can't say explicitly what their 35 officers and academy recruits did to help secret service, but the SWAT team and marines were on campus.

"Our role in this event was that we had quite a few different roles," Akshar said.

Akshar says having the police academy recruits assist the secret service is a great lesson to learn.

"They experienced so many people in a confined space, people from all different walks of life with different things that were important to them," Akshar said. "It was a very large crowd that they had to control."

Akshar says he is happy with Friday's outcome, crediting all the parts of law enforcement working together.