Recent threats at home, office prompt Poloncarz to beef up his security measures
In the past two weeks, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has begun traveling with two armed Erie County sheriff’s deputies and security vehicles to his scheduled events.
Poloncarz hasn’t had such a security detail until now. But recent threats prompted him to accept a trained “dignitary detail” from the Sheriff’s Office, he said.
On the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day, a suspicious package arrived at his office addressed to him as “personal and confidential.” It had been hand-delivered to his office and had no return address. Nothing inside turned out to be dangerous, but the incident put building security on alert, he said.
Five days later, an incident occurred at his house that prompted him to call the police. He declined to elaborate, saying he doesn’t want the information to harm the investigation or encourage copycats.
He accepted police protection upon the recommendation of Buffalo police, Erie County Central Police Services and the Sheriff’s Office, he said. That includes special transportation measures and two sheriff’s deputies who travel with him to his scheduled events, among other security measures that he declined to publicly discuss.
He said he does not know how long he will continue to have the security. He hopes it is temporary.
“It’s completely changed how I have to go about my work routine and daily life,” Poloncarz said. “I’m not thrilled with it.”
Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman said he could not elaborate on the details of the open investigation but confirmed the additional protection was recommended.