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THP Troopers Return From Inauguration Detail
Posted on January 25, 2013
Forty members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol returned to the state on Wednesday after assisting the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department during the 57th Inauguration of the President of the United States.
As part of a joint operation, the THP helped provide security during the inauguration events with 90 local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as federal authorities and military personnel.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol contingent traveled to the nation's capital in patrol units and arrived on Saturday night. On Sunday, State Troopers were briefed and sworn-in as deputies of the U.S. Marshal Service in order to have law enforcement authority in D.C. They were then assigned to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where they provided perimeter security for one of several Inaugural Balls the following day.
During Monday's 16-hour assignment, there was one incident that resulted in an arrest by a Tennessee State Trooper. Sergeant Brandon Douglas, assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Administrative Division, apprehended a suspect for allegedly attempting to steal a lady's purse.
The THP also assisted with security efforts for the 56th Presidential Inauguration in January 2009.
All expenses for the inaugural detail, including the troopers' salaries, travel, meals, and lodging, will be reimbursed to the department by Metropolitan Police.