Springfield Police Department Releases Statement About the President's Visit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- The Springfield Police Department and Chief Paul Williams released a statement on Twitter Monday about the President's visit to Springfield.

The statement, written by Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams, says they are confident in their abilities to maintain a safe environment for the citizens and visitors of Springfield.

As reported, the President will arrive at the Springfield-Branson Airport at about 12:55 p.m. on Wednesday. He will speak at the Lauren Cook manufacturing plant at 1:30 p.m. to talk about tax reform.

The White House said the event will be private. 

Chief Williams says they are working alongside multiple Greene County and Springfield agencies and organizations as well as other cities. The departments continue to plan for potential cases of emergency and, according to the police chief, are well trained and qualified to handle events of this manner.

Protests groups have started on Facebook such as “ "The People's Protest", by The Emerging Church and Springfield Indivisible with over 550 going and 1,500 interested.

“We expect any and all demonstrators to let their voices be heard in a peaceful and civil manner,” Chief Williams said. “Let's show the rest of America why we are proud to call Springfield home.”

The Department encourages all visitors to report any suspicious activity. “See something? Say something,” Chief Williams said.

You can see the full tweet and release below. 

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