Secretary Kelly Offers ‘Deepest Gratitude’ for Inauguration Security

Following the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, I want to commend the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the thousands of other state, local and federal law enforcement personnel for their excellent work in ensuring the peaceful transition of power – a cornerstone of our great democracy.

Given that inaugurations are designated National Special Security Events, the U.S. Secret Service is responsible for coordinating the security for these events.

(Exclusive look at the security operation behind inauguration, courtesy of Fox News)

The security design and implementation of the 58th presidential inauguration involved more than 50 partnering law enforcement, public safety, and military agencies.

Collaboratively, these agencies established the largest security perimeter in inauguration history.

Responses to incidents were immediate, well-coordinated, and effective due to the intense planning, communication, and training of all agencies involved in the security plan.

2017 Presidential Inauguration (Image Credit: Twitter)
2017 Presidential Inauguration (Image Credit: Twitter)

The overall goal of the security plan was accomplished through a coordinated effort of providing a safe and secure environment for Secret Service protectees, other dignitaries, event participants and the general public.

I am tremendously proud of the professionalism and hard work of the DHS team.

More than 10,500 DHS personnel from the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other DHS components worked to ensure the success of the inauguration, alongside nearly 13,000 additional U.S. government personnel.

(Hundreds of thousands of people will be in Washington for Trump’s Inauguration on January 20, 2017. Security around the events is expected to cost over $100 million. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube)

A debt of gratitude is also owed to the Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Park Police, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and state and local partners from the National Capitol Region who led an incredible public safety effort during several days of celebrations and demonstrations.

2017 Presidential Inauguration (Image Credit: Twitter)
2017 Presidential Inauguration (Image Credit: Twitter)

Their professionalism and responsiveness during a dynamic several days showcased the very best of what it means to protect and serve.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly

My deepest gratitude goes out to the law enforcement, homeland security and military personnel who worked innumerable hours over the planning and execution stages of the inauguration – they are truly the unsung facilitators of democracy. 

– Secretary John F. Kelly, Department of Homeland Security