forced to make adjustments
Express Staff Writer
eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East
Coast, police chiefs for the cities of Sun Valley and Hailey said they
have successfully implemented several adjustments to provide additional
security for residents and visitors.
officers for both cities in the last year have been called upon to
follow new protocols, be more alert on the job and provide heightened
security for events and conventions.
all more aware, and we approach situations a little differently than
before," Sun Valley Police Chief Cameron Daggett said Monday.
said Sun Valley police officers—like all men and women in law
enforcement—were prompted last September to evaluate how they went
about their jobs.
after 9/11 we decided to sit down and review how we respond to
incidents," he said.
noted that he determined that no major changes were needed at the
department, but said some minor adjustments were required. He said he
implemented new policies for responding to incidents of reported
bio-hazards, particularly anthrax, and had to arrange for an increased
number of his staff to provide hired security for special events and
conventions in the city.
is sharing a little more concern for security than they used to,"
new personnel were hired or changes made to the department’s
day-to-day procedures, life did change for many of the officers, he
said. Police staff has had to "field a lot of questions and answer
to people’s concerns," he said.
Daggett said officers’ increased interaction with the public has been
a positive experience overall. "We’re getting more support and
expressions of gratitude than ever before."
Police Chief Brian McNary said the biggest change that occurred in his
department after Sept. 11 was the hiring of four new officers to provide
security at Friedman Memorial Airport as part of an agreement between
the city, airport and federal government.
said that as a result of the increased presence of law enforcement at
the airport, city police are now called to the site more often,
particularly to resolve disputes between taxi drivers waiting for
police chief explained that as a response to the threat of terrorism he
initiated extra training for officers in managing disasters and
responding to several reports of suspected anthrax—of which there were
an estimated 90 statewide last fall—did disrupt officers’ regular
routine. None of the suspicious substances in Hailey turned out to be
anthrax, he added.
said he believes it would have been difficult for any police department
or emergency-response agency to prepare for the events of Sept. 11.
"I don’t think anyone ever would have planned for planes flying
into buildings," he said.