FRANKFORT, KY - Kentuckians attending the presidential inauguration on Thursday, may see some familiar faces and uniforms at the parade and other activities. The Kentucky State Police will join local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies from across the country in providing security at the 55th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC.
Troopers from across the state traveled to Washington, DC today to begin preparations for Thursday’s inauguration events. The first presidential inauguration since Sept. 11, 2001 and the designation of the inauguration as a national special security event prompted the Washington Metro Police Department to request the assistance of various state and local agencies, including the Kentucky State Police, to assist with the enormous task of providing security at the festivities.
KSP Troopers will be attending briefings and meetings pertaining to their particular duties, which will include securing a portion of the parade route. They will be temporarily sworn in as local officers, providing them police powers while assigned to the security detail. They will join more than 6,000 police officers, more than 2,500 military personnel and thousands of Secret Service and other agents from 60 participating agencies in providing the highest level of security ever afforded a presidential inauguration.
“We are honored to be one of the agencies selected to assist with this historic event,” states KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. “The importance of security at an event of this nature cannot be overstated and we look forward to the opportunity to assist in providing security to all those attending.”
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