Biden arrival, departure security to cost GJ $5,000

A holiday weekend in Aspen for Vice President Joe Biden is projected to cost the Grand Junction Police Department approximately $5,000 in overtime, according to department figures.

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said Grand Junction committed 26 officers, who worked 154 hours, to supplement security for a motorcade associated with Biden’s arrival at Grand Junction Regional Airport on Thursday night, as well as his departure from the airport Monday night.

“Most of that was for traffic control at various intersections,” Porras said.

A single patrol unit rode with Biden’s motorcade when it arrived at the airport Thursday night and returned Monday night. On both occasions, the Grand Junction units covered the distance on Interstate 70 between the Clifton and Horizon Drive exits, Porras said.

Of the 154 total hours committed to the operation, 102 were projected overtime and 52 were regular hours, she said.

Final costs won’t be known until officers involved hand in overtime slips, she said.

Porras said the agency won’t seek reimbursement because the security was provided after a formal request for assistance from the U.S. Secret Service.

The Grand Junction Fire Department, the Colorado State Patrol and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department also had resources dedicated to the operation.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said four deputies were committed at various times, at a cost of approximately $1,000. No overtime was reported, she said.

The Aspen Times reported Biden was in the area for a planned ski outing in Snowmass Village. Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, were also in the area over the weekend, the newspaper said.


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