RIPR News
12:53 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Security beefed up at event attended by congressional delegation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is having an impact on congressional security here in Rhode Island.

Normally there is no security at Rhode Island press conferences attended by members of the state's congressional delegation. But at a news conference attended by three members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation a trio of Warwick police officers provided security.

Warwick mayor Scott Avedesian says the decision was made by city police after consultation with Congressman Jim Langevin's office.

"Obviously the events on Saturday made us realize we would have the congressional delegation and the governor in one room and felt we needed to make sure there was adequate security here," says Avadesian.

The press conference was called to announce a $3 million federal grant to upgrade flood damaged sewage treatment plants in Warwick, West Warwick and Cranston.

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