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Posted on: June 8, 2015

36 agencies join in support of U.S. Open security plan

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department will be supported by 36 local, state and federal agencies as they provide for the safety and security of everyone attending the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

The Sheriff’s Department, which is the lead agency for public safety planning, has been preparing for the U.S. Open for several years. Multiple agencies at every level of government have responded to the call to assist during the championship, which takes place June 15-21 at the county-owned golf course in University Place.

“The U.S. Open will bring a lot of visitors to this area,” said Sheriff Paul Pastor. “We appreciate all of the assistance in providing a high level of security to the championship so that everyone – spectators, staff, vendors, players, volunteers and media – can have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

To date, the following agencies have agreed to assist the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Additional agencies have agreed to be of assistance if needed.

  • Bainbridge Island Police Department
  • Bellevue Police Department
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Police Department
  • Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Department
  • Everett Police Department
  • Federal Way Police Department
  • Fircrest Police Department
  • Gig Harbor Police Department
  • King County Sheriff’s Department
  • Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department
  • Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department
  • Lakewood Police Department
  • Mason County Sheriff’s Department
  • Mercer Island Police Department
  • Milton Police Department
  • Port of Seattle Police Department
  • Port of Tacoma Police Department
  • Puyallup Police Department
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Sumner Police Department
  • Tacoma Police Department
  • Thurston County Sheriff’s Department
  • Union Gap Police Department
  • University Place Police Department
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Washington State Fish and Wildlife
  • United States Customs and Border Protection
  • United States Postal Inspection Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Washington Air National Guard 10th Civil Support Team
  • Washington Air National Guard 319th EOD

“Sheriff Paul Pastor, Captain Scott Mielcarek and the rest of the public safety planning team have done an outstanding job of building partnerships to support the largest sporting event in our region’s history,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, who is chair of the 2015 U.S. Open Operating Committee. “We are ready to support the United States Golf Association as it conducts the 115th U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest for the first time.”

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sheri Badger, U.S. Open Joint Operations Center public information officer
(253) 377-4149
sbadger@co.pierce.wa.us

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