Missouri Roundup Committee seeking more security for National Bikers Roundup

Saturday, June 19, 2010 | 5:58 p.m. CDT; updated 6:06 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 30, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Roundup Committee has been given an extension to finalize a contract with the Contemporary Services Corporation to provide additional security for the National Bikers Roundup in August.

At a roundup security meeting Saturday, Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey was shown a letter of intent to hire Contemporary Services Corporation. Carey said he wants to see a finalized contract with the Contemporary Services Corporation before determining how many deputies will cover the Boone County Fairgrounds.

"You plan for the worst. You hope for the best," North District Commander Capt. Gary German said.

A security company is necessary to help the Columbia Police Department and Boone County Sheriff's deputies cover Columbia, Boone County and the fairgrounds during the event, said Bill Walker, Chairman of the National Bikers Roundup.

Carey said he wants to know there is a reputable company working the roundup.

"We've made great strides," Carey said, but he still wants to know how many private security members will be inside the fairgrounds and when events will start before determining the specific security plans.

Contemporary Services Corporation could not be reached Saturday for comment.

Carey has estimated a fee for hiring deputies based on a contract the Sheriff's department has with MU for additional enforcement during football games. The department charges $45 an hour to MU, Carey said. Carey lowered the fee to $40 dollars an hour to make it more affordable for the roundup.

Carey and the Missouri Roundup Committee will meet Tuesday in a security work session to hammer out the details.

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