HPD to take
National Guard is
Express Staff Writer
be a changing of the guard on May 10 at Hailey’s Friedman Memorial
National Guard, that is.
manager Rick Baird and Hailey Police Lt. Jeff Gunter said Guardsmen will
be replaced by Hailey police officers on Friday.
two full-time and two part-time Hailey police officers will be hired by
the city in time for the change. The new officers are "strictly for
the airport" to provide security for scanners, he said.
the police officers will be doing what the National Guardsmen had been
doing since the beginning of October 2001, "enforcing laws and
keeping the checkpoints safe."
the cost of the new officers will be about $319,000 for 571 days.
He said the
money will come from the Transportation Security Agency, which came into
being on Nov. 19, when President George W. Bush signed the Aviation and
Transportation Security Act.
will eventually replace the Hailey officers with its own federal officers.
was closed on Sept. 11, following the terrorist attacks on the East Coast,
and reopened on Sept. 13 under heightened security.
parking lot was closed except for passenger pick-up and drop-off until
Sept. 28, when the National Guard came on duty.
the airport’s parking lot is now back to normal. A rule banning parking
within 300 feet of the airport has been eliminated, as well as vehicle
searches of cars entering the parking lot.
travelers boarding planes will continue as before.