Hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers will head to Washington, D.C. this week to protect the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Still days away, preparations for Friday’s inauguration stretch from Washington, D.C. to Hennepin County. For the fourth presidential inauguration, 40 Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies will fly to the nation’s capital Wednesday on a plane full of law enforcement officers from Minnetonka to St. Paul.
“They get a chance to witness history first hand,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
In unprecedented fashion, nearly 100 permitted groups will also be there to protest Trump’s swearing-in.
“There are people throughout the country who are demonstrating by being present that they don’t share the same philosophy,” said Susan Cocciarelli, who plans to march with other women.
Sheriff Stanek said his deputies will secure the presidential motorcade, while as many as 900,000 people line the streets.
“Of course, we all hope something bad doesn’t happen during the inauguration, but know full well that there’s always that very real threat,” said Stanek.
From the FBI to the National Guard, 28,000 officials will be securing the inauguration. There will also be noticeable, added safeguards, like hard perimeters meant to prevent terrorist attacks.
“Dump trucks, heavy trucks, trucks with cement, buses and things of the like,” said U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
While historic and exciting, inauguration day is sure to be a busy one for the 200+ Minnesotans protecting it.
“This is not a vacation,” said Stanek. “This is work time for them, so they’re going to be working a 14, 15 or 16-hour day.”