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Police prepare for Ron Paul crowds

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Getting a visit from a nationally known political figure means you've got to be prepared.

With Ron Paul's visit this afternoon, Richland police were on guard to make sure the campaign stop stayed peaceful.

Uniformed and plain clothed officers swarmed the Red Lion Hotel guarding side entrances and hallways.

Paul's campaign tells us there were around 1,200 people at the event.

Richland Police Captain Jeff Taylor says the crowd wasn't a problem, but time was,"Unfortunately, we didn't have a lot of notice. We found out about 2 days ago. We found out from the news media, so it went well."

According to Captain Taylor, 10 officers were pulled from duty to guard the event. At least two of those officers were on overtime.

Richland police say since Ron Paul has security detail guarding the event was not a problem. The last name this big to visit Richland was Sarah Palin in 2010.

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