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Airport will see increased law enforcement presence

The presence of law enforcement will be constant at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport for the near future. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Just like many places around the country, security is being beefed up at Sardy Field in response to Monday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo says he was asked by John Kinney, the airport’s director, to provide a deputy on site. The sheriff says an armed officer will be at the airport from the time it opens to the time it closes — for at least the next few days.

Typically a deputy will make a pass through the airport during his or her shift. The officer will not assist TSA agents but be at the airport to look for any suspicious activity.

Kinney says a beefed up law enforcement presence is just one layer of a multi-layered approach to increasing security, noting that Sardy Field services flights to major hubs around the world.