Members of THP participate in presidential inauguration
Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol including Sgt. James Sells of Monroe returned Wednesday after assisting the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. (MPD) and federal agencies during the Presidential Inauguration. The THP was one of 90 state and local law enforcement agencies who combined to provide security as part of the joint operation mission of the Presidential Inauguration Task Force (PITF) in Washington, D.C. from January 15, 2009 to January 21, 2009.
“The Tennessee Highway Patrol was honored to participate in this historic event to help promote the safety of the President of the United States, inaugural participants, and the public,” said Colonel Mike Walker. “All Tennesseans should be deeply proud of the many positive comments expressed about our Troopers for their professionalism in serving their country in the nation’s capital.”
Metropolitan Police Department of D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier requested assistance from the THP in June of 2008.
Troopers were selected from all eight THP districts across the state and were assigned to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center to provide perimeter security for six inaugural balls.
Troopers were sworn-in as deputies of the U.S. Marshal Service to have necessary law enforcement authority and used their assigned state vehicle as part of the Presidential Inauguration Task Force operation. The THP agreed to provide the full-time services of 40 members of the Highway Patrol consistent with agency procedures.
Under a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), reimbursement for the cost, including personnel costs, salaries, overtime and fringe benefits will be made by the District of Columbia, with funds provided by the United States.
The PITF was a joint operation in which all agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department of District of Columbia, Office of the United States Attorney for District of Columbia, United States Marshal Service, United States Secret Service, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, and other law enforcement agencies served as partners.