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    Has anyone on here ever done a presidential motercade? If so how was it? And what was it like working with the secrete service? Thanks.

  • #2
    Interesting. Can’t discuss as you should know why.
    Now go home and get your shine box!

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    • #3
      Our Protective Services Detail does them all the time. I have never worked one officially, but many, many moons ago when I was an investigator assigned to San Francisco, my partner and I were parked at the side of the road when President Gerald Ford's motorcade came down the street. It was almost as huge as a police funeral and included many marked and unmarked vehicles.

      We were in suits and driving an unmarked vehicle but with concealed emergency equipment. Without saying a word we both got these s**t eating grins on our faces, hit the lights and siren and fell into the tail end of the motorcade. The thing was so big, whoever was in charge had lost track of which vehicles were official and which ones were not and we were included as one of the group. I suspect a lot of the vehicles in the back were doing the same.

      We then took a 30 MPH Code 3 grand tour of the city. It was amazing to see how many people stopped and stared at you, even if you weren't the President but were just a couple of suits in an unmarked car with lights and siren.

      When we arrived at the final destination and emergency vehicles started to back up because there was no place to park, we shut down our emergency equipment, peeled off at the first side street, blended in with regular traffic and just kept going.
      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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      • #4
        I witnessed how thorough the Secret Service can be. Back in the middle 70s a president attended a high school football game in a neighboring city and his motorcade traveled through my jurisdiction. My chief made it clear we were to stay clear of them and only assist if ordered to.
        At that time, our dispatch service was used by 6 small agencies. An officer from one of the small cities nearby got on the radio and asked for a registration check on the presidential limo. Almost immediately the dispatcher received a teletype message that demanded to know the officer's identity and said that any other requests of that type would lead to the shutting down of our teletype system immediately.

        It was a big secret about if he was actually contacted and what the outcome was, IF anything happened. The SS evidently didn't think it was funny!
        If your biggest work-related fear is getting a paper cut, don't try and tell a cop how to do his job.

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        • PeteBroccolo
          PeteBroccolo commented
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          In Saskatchewan, the Lieutenant-Governor's limousine has just a Crown on it, so trying to call THAT in, let alone stopping it, results in a, "Get your a r s e in to see me, RFN!" No, I have NOT been THAT stupid!

      • #5
        I stood on a bridge over the interstate freezing my @## off when President W Bush drove through. It was interesting all that goes into the planning. (what little I was privy to.)

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        • #6
          I have been assigned to escort presidential motorcades, and diplomatic protection events as well, both in a patrol car and with a motorcycle detail. The usual stresses of moving a secure convoy through an urban area with disruption of all other traffic.

          The US Secret Service will typically send in an advance team well ahead of the planned event to coordinate with local agencies. The details are never the same, and probably should not be discussed on an open forum.

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          • #7
            In 1989, the Duke and Duchess of York (Prince Andrew and Princess Sarah Ferguson) toured Saskatchewan, and I, along with MANY other General Duty members, were assigned to wear suit-and-tie while assisting with security for part of said tour. The first event I worked was a local fair in a town about 1+hr drive from where I was posted. It was a local fair, in July; hot and dusty. Civilians from my area were participating in a rodeo there, and laughed at me getting sweaty and dusty. The next event was at a location about a 5 hour drive away, so we overnighted. The D & D were touring an historical church site, and having lunch there with the local residents. Royal protocol is, or was at the time, that NO ONE may photograph / video record the Royal Family members chowing-down, so I was to keep an eye on the media to ensure that they did not turn their cameras that way, nor venture out of the roped-off area they were assisgned to. One fifth-estate idiot DID escape, and as he hoisted his camera, I ran up behind him, just as one of our VIP Security members stepped in front of him and told him that if he did NOT return to the pen on his own, I would carotid-control him there; he "voluntarily" complied.

            2005, HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip were touring Saskatchewan for our Centennial as a Province. I was on Region Traffic Services at the time. My Satellite Unit (3 of us), along with our Command Unit, were assigned to Service Order #1 uniformed traffic control in the city, about 90 minute drive away, where the Provincial Legislature is located. QE II & PP were to ride in an horse-drawn open landau from another location to the Leg, and it was raining that morning, so we stood, arm-length apart, on either side of the route, watching the crowd, getting soaked, while they galloped-by. At noon, the Royal Couple were driving in a motorcade to the next town, about 25 minutes away, to have lunch. The rain had stopped by then, but we also had our patrol vehicles. We blocked EVERY intersection along the way, and were ORDERED to ram any approaching vehicle. A day later, we were assigned to travel to another city about 2 hours further away, to provide them with an Honour Guard in Review Order unitorm (if you have ever seen a post card of a Mountie on horse back in the Rockies, or on our Musical Ride, that's it) for the Grand Entrance to a Royal Gala in a large convention centre. We overnighted for that.

            2010, I was seconded, along with SEVERAL thousand other RCMP, and other Police Services, to assist with security for the Toronto G20 meeting. We were flown in on commercial flights, put up in several hotels, and worked round-the-clock 12s in various locations. I was there for 12 days, on full expenses. My crew worked 06:00 to 18:00 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We rode around on golf carts in the empty parking garage, and walked the underground tunnels, entry / exit ramps, and sidewalk in front of CBC HQ, making sure the university students newly-hired by The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires stayed awake, duct-taped non-used doorways in case tear gas had to be deployed outside, re-directed tourists to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, and made sure nobody else got into the building. The "kettling" took place MANY blocks away. The fencing was like the Jolly Green Giant's cheese grater. I got no closer to President OBAMA's "beast" than about 50 yards. I spoke to a MONSTER of a Secret Service Agent at one point. My only bit of excitement was scaring-off a BMX rider that LOOKED like he was trying to access the exit ramp; the Commissionaires near by were surprised I blocked him off with my body! One Commissionaire, a very pretty young girl, originally from an African-continent country, missed here 15 minutes of fame by REFUSING to accompany the Commissionaire Sgt to participate in a for-the-media handshake with Prime Minister HARPER, then when my partner and I explained what she missed, she wondered if the PM would come to her! The RCMP VIP Security people were HYPER nervous while practicing the motorcade entries / exits! It was SO humid, I had to strip my SBA apart, and drape the panels and carrier, as well as my boots, over my hotel room's AC after my shifts. With needing to steam-iron my pants to TRY to get out the sweat, get a bite to eat, and the delay with our bus transport to-and-from, I worked and tried-to-sleep. On the return trip, my suitcase with my uniform never made it back for a day; fortunately, I had my high-security steel lock box for my pistol, mags, ammo, cuffs, and OCS. I had to drive home, then back to the airport, with my marked patrol vehicle, to retrieve my luggage.

            I never got seconded to the 1976 Montreal Olympics, 1988 Calgary Olympics, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, or any of the Papal Visits, and while I did work some Provincial Correctional Centre strikes, I did not get seconded for the longest of them in January 2007.
            #32936 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police - 1975-10-27 / 2010-12-29
            Proud Dad of #54266 - RCMP - 2007-02-12 to date
            RCMP Veterans Association - Regina Division member
            Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada - Associate (Retired) member
            "Smile" - no!

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            • #8
              I was assigned to a presidential protective detail, working with the Secret Service for several days, back in 1992. Most of them were not too fond of Slick Willie. And I can tell you that Al Gore is a dick.

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              • Zeitgeist1
                Zeitgeist1 commented
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                Yep, I agree 1000% he's an unredeemable POS

              • Aidokea
                Aidokea commented
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                You've met him too?

                I had a run-in with him while working that detail, and he was a real dick about it. Afterwards, he got in my Sergeant's face, and told my Sergeant that the never wanted to see me again. My Sergeant responded by getting in his face, and told him that he didn't run this city- we did.

                To make a point, my Sergeant assigned me to the same position the next day.

                For two days after the incident, Secret Service agents were making their way to my position to slap me on the back, high-five me, and so on, because they felt that Algore was an arrogant *****, and they were glad that I checked him when he had it coming.

            • #9
              Originally posted by PeteBroccolo View Post
              , or any of the Papal Visits,
              I worked the 1979 John Paul II visit to Des Moines Iowa ......................

              USSS was a pain in the arse..(long story & mostly OP SEC info)...................but VERY professional
              Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

              My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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              • PeteBroccolo
                PeteBroccolo commented
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                I had hoped my being KofC would have made a difference, but no.

                After JFK, the Manson chick going after Ford, and when their guy took a bullet for Reagan, I "get" the USSS being hyper-vigilant.

                Up here, we had a "client" break into our Prime Minister's residence one night; the PM's wife used a narwhal tusk to hold the guy off until the not-so-Protective-Detail doofi arrived to "escort" him away.

                Some people STILL confuse me for the local Mayor, who was City PS "back in the day"; so I am ALWAYS prepared to take a Nerf dart to the forehead for him.

            • #10
              Which were your favorite and least favorite Presidents to provide details two and why? Thanks

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              • #11
                Originally posted by Chicago1991 View Post
                Which were your favorite and least favorite Presidents to provide details two and why? Thanks
                Jimmy Carter was very cordial and appreciative. Ronald Reagan was enthusiastically appreciative, always passing out personal mementos to everyone. Gerald Ford was a total gentleman in every way.

                Later on I happened to meet President George H.W. Bush. I was off-duty at an event at the USAF Academy, attending to personal business at the urinals in a mens' room at the Academy Field House when 2 USSS agents came in, then Mr. Bush joined me at the urinal for a couple of minutes, we washed up and exchanged a friendly "howdy" and left in separate directions. Thankfully, none of the Secret Service personnel noticed that I was carrying a Browning Hi Power pistol under my suit coat. Clean cut, well dressed, honest face, and all that, it could have been an unnecessarily confrontational event!

                Later my younger son was in the US Coast Guard assigned to a 100-foot inshore patrol craft that was tasked with supporting the Secret Service for security at President Bush's vacation residence at Kennebunkport, Maine. Mr. and Mrs. Bush held weekly events for all of the people supporting their needs, including the Coast Guard personnel. I have photos of my granddaughter sitting on Barbara Bush's lap with President Bush playing with her. My son told me they were exceptionally nice to everyone they relied upon every day.

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                • Aidokea
                  Aidokea commented
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                  I would like to have met President Reagan.

              • #12
                I had dinner with President G.W Bush, twice.
                I don't answer recruitment messages....

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                • Aidokea
                  Aidokea commented
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                  Very cool.

              • #13
                Originally posted by Chicago1991 View Post
                Which were your favorite and least favorite Presidents to provide details two and why? Thanks
                I've only worked a presidential detail for one president (Slick Willie), but I didn't (and still don't) care for him. To be clear, I didn't have any long intellectual exchanges with the guy.

                But I couldn't help but notice that his hair color changed daily, depending on his audience. When he was chatting with teenaged girls on MTV about what style of underwear he wears, his hair was completely void of grey, but when he was telling senior citizens that the Republicans were going to gut Social Security and Medicare, his hair was almost completely white- he was 44 years old at the time.

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                • #14
                  My son told me they were exceptionally nice to everyone they relied upon every day.
                  Both sets of Bushes are well known for their hospitality and appreciation.

                  I had a political science professor who was also an avid golfer and golf commentator. He played a charity tournament with Bush Sr in his foursome.

                  They shot a video of that professor and George Sr re-enacting the Bob Barker/ Happy Gilmore golf fight.

                  The professor, a vehement liberal activist, said that while he didn't agree with his politics he couldn't fault George Sr in any other way.
                  "I am a Soldier. I fight where I'm told and I win where I fight." -- GEN George S. Patton, Jr.

                  "With a brother on my left and a sister on my right, we face…. We face what no one should face. We face, so no one else would face. We are in the face of Death." -- Holli Peet

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                  • #15
                    Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post

                    I worked the 1979 John Paul II visit to Des Moines Iowa ......................

                    USSS was a pain in the arse..(long story & mostly OP SEC info)...................but VERY professional
                    I just realized that I graduated from the law enforcement academy 40 yrs ago YESTERDAY
                    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

                    My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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