Archive for Monday, October 30, 1995

SECURITY SOLID FOR VISIT

October 30, 1995

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Kansas University police worked with the Secret Service to provide security for this weekend's visit by the president of Paraguay.

Paraguay's President Juan Carlos Wasmosy saw the best weather and best football Kansas had to offer during his weekend visit to northeast Kansas. Best of all, his visit went off without a hitch.

"It was definitely uneventful," said Sgt. Rose Rozmiarek of the Kansas University Police Department. "It went off fine."

While the Secret Service was responsible for security during Wasmosy's stops in Topeka, Lawrence and Manhattan, KU police assisted locally. The Kansas Highway Patrol also assisted with security during the motor pools between the three cities. Wasmosy had security people in his 24-member entourage.

Rozmiarek said planning for Wasmosy's visit began about two weeks ago. She said the security measures and preparations for the visit were similar to those for visits by other dignitaries and high-ranking visitors to the university.

She said once KU police learned Wasmosy's itinerary, they coordinated with the Secret Service to make sure all his stops would be uneventful.

Because Wasmosy's campus visit lasted only several hours and involved events with more restricted access, just four campus officers were involved in the security detail. That's a smaller number than were called in the summer of 1992 when Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton, came to town.

"We had a lot more manpower (during Clinton's visit)," Rozmiarek said. "Even the other agencies had a lot more manpower."

While at KU, Wasmosy met with faculty and students in Alderson Auditorium and attended a special dinner in KU's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. George Woodyard, dean of International Studies at KU, estimated that about 180 people attended those two Friday night events.

On Saturday, Wasmosy attended the Kansas-Kansas State football game in Manhattan.

On Sunday, he joined about 300 worshipers for Mass at St. Lawrence Catholic Center, 1631 Crescent Rd., and then attended a brunch in his honor at the Ramada Inn of Lawrence, 2222 W. Sixth.

Wasmosy and his party flew out of Forbes Field in Topeka at mid-afternoon Sunday.

"I thought it was very successful," Woodyard said of Wasmosy's visit. "They seemed to be very pleased. The president seemed to be very pleased. The members of the delegation thought the visit to Kansas was very nice and very productive. They got to meet a lot of people.

"It bodes well for the relationship between Kansas and Paraguay. It's been strong in the past. I think it will be stronger in the future."

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