- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama’s visit to Worcester to deliver a high school commencement address last month cost the city about $186,000, mostly for security.

The cost reported by The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/1tq36L3 ) was contained in a letter from the city manager to city councilors.

The police department’s services cost the city more than $122,000. Services the city did for the DCU Center cost $60,000.

Chief Gary Gemme (jem) says about 200 officers were needed for the event. Some were responsible for securing the motorcade route from the Worcester Regional Airport to the DCU Center on June 11, while others were stationed at the venue. The cost also included making sure the rest of the city was patrolled.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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