CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Dozens of Cincinnati Police Department officers are in Washington, D.C. to help with security at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
On Wednesday, 40 CPD officers will continue a long-standing tradition of helping at the inauguration. The Cincinnati officers volunteered to join other law enforcement from across the country in securing the nation’s capital for inauguration day in two days.
CPD Lt. Steve Saunders says preparations for the historic day have been in the works for months. He says assisting with inaugurations for both Democratic and Republican presidents have been a CPD tradition for the past 20 years.
Lt. Saunders took part himself in the inauguration security of President Donald Trump in 2017.
He says this year will look and feel different. Not only because of COVID-19 but what transpired at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I’m sure it’s on their mind a little bit,” Lt. Saunders says. “At the same time, they’ll have a very active role and limited role in the overall of security to make sure we have a peaceful transition of power. That’s the most important reason for them to be there.”
While the 40 CPD officers in D.C. are helping with security on Wednesday, those back home in the Tri-State are also preparing. Both police and the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency (HCEMA) are preparing for the worse but hoping for the best in the days leading up to the inauguration.
“We haven’t seen anything planned in Hamilton County since we started monitoring this about a month ago,” explains HCEMA Director Nick Crossley.
While there are no known threats or planned protests, both agencies say they continue to gather information on social media and remain vigilant to keep everyone safe.
The 40 CPD officers in D.C. will be sworn in later Monday and will return to Cincinnati on Thursday.
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