Like other members of the Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, has taken new safety precautions in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona.

Like other members of the Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, has taken new safety precautions in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona.
He has named a current staff member congressional security liaison officer at the request of the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives.
The security liaison will notify local law enforcement when Reed will be attending a public event and will be trained to identify a dangerous situation and perform a threat assessment, Reed said.
“We want to reassure all the constituents we are going to have that threat and security assessment done so they can feel comfortable coming to talk with us one on one,” Reed said.
However, Reed said those safety measures will not keep voters from meeting with their congressman. Constituents will not notice any difference in his public appearances, and those attending his public events will not be screened, he said.
“We are not going to make any additional security measures visible in our office,” Reed said. “We are not going to have armed guards assigned to us. To me, this was an incident by one man. We are not going to change how we do business because of a lunatic’s actions. It’s so important to me we do not restrict access to us in any way. Sometimes additional security gives that impression and puts that barrier between us and the people. To me, that’s not what we want.”