Minneapolis police officers assist with inauguration security

Thirty-nine officers from the Minneapolis Police Department were in Washington, D.C. Jan. 21 to help with security during the inauguration events for President Barack Obama. Minneapolis police officers were on duty from approximately 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. These officers’ primary duties included parade route security and, if needed, crowd control. Officers remained at their post until the parade was over before being released from duty.

Officers from the Minneapolis Police Department, as well as police officers from throughout the country, were asked to assist with security by the District of Columbia Police Department. Because the City is reimbursed for officers’ salaries and travel-related expenses, there is no cost to Minneapolis to provide inauguration assistance.

More than 1,500 police officers from around the country worked the inauguration, including those from the Minnesota State Patrol, Saint Paul Police Department and the Ramsey and Hennepin County Sheriff's Offices. Most of the visiting officers were assigned to stand between the crowds and the 15-block inaugural parade that traveled from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.

Inauguration events included the presidential swearing-in ceremony, inaugural address, parade and numerous galas honoring the President.

Minneapolis police officers have provided assistance at a number of previous inaugurations, including the 2009 inauguration, which — with a crowd of 1.8 million — set an attendance record for Washington, D.C. events.


Published Jan 30, 2013