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Secret Service first met with local police months ago to prepare for debate

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A lot of people are wondering if they can see the Presidential debate in person at Washington University (Credit: KMOV). A lot of people are wondering if they can see the Presidential debate in person at Washington University (Credit: KMOV).

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – It’s no surprise to hear security will be tight for the Presidential Debate in St. Louis, but it is a surprise that the Secret Service is talking about their plans.

The Secret Service met with the St. Louis City and St. Louis County, along with other agencies, months ago.  Part of their job is to create a secure location for the event to take place that's safe for the candidates and all the other participants.

This time around the security plans and procedures are looking to protect against lone wolf terrorists that may want to use a pressure cooker bomb or may want to target first responders. In our internet-connected world, they also have to protect against cyber-threats.

The Secret Service didn’t want to get too specific about their security plans, but they said they will check every nook and cranny of the building where the debate will be held that it could take up to eight hours to complete the sweep.

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