15 January, 2009

56th Presidential Inauguration

MPD Prepares for the 56th Presidential Inauguration

Closed Circuit Televisions to Be Activated for the 56th Presidential Inauguration
Effective immediately all MPD Homeland Security Closed Circuit Televisions will be activated for the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

* Learn more about Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1238,q,541201,mpdcNav_GID,1545,mpdcNav,|31748|.asp

Neighborhood Patrols will Continue Uninterrupted During the Inaugural Activities
In addition to activating all sworn members of the Metropolitan Police Department to full duty, serving 12-hour shifts, we will deputize and add thousands of officers to the force from 99 law enforcement agencies around the country. The Office of Unified Communications will increase their staff of call-takers to prepare for an increase in the number of calls during the Inaugural activities.

* Get more information on the PSA patrols and other services http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1242,q,566961,mpdcNav_GID,1523,mpdcNav,|.asp

Attending the Inaugural Parade
Spectator viewing areas along the Inaugural Parade are expected to reach capacity early in the day on January 20, 2009, and will close to the public at that point. Jumbotron monitors have been placed on the National Mall to broadcast the Swearing-In Ceremony and the Parade. When the viewing area reaches capacity, individuals wishing to watch the ceremonies on the National Mall will be encouraged to walk using one of the designated routes identified on the following map.

* Walking Detour Routes for 56th Presidential Inaugural* http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/frames.asp?doc=/mpdc/lib/mpdc/serv/programs/pdf/inauguralparadedetour.pdf

Security Services
As DC prepares for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, some organizations or businesses may wish to supplement security resources by hiring licensed Security Officers (SO) or commissioned Special Police Officers (SPO). To help facilitate this, the MPD has prepared a list of security agencies licensed by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Security Officers Management Branch (SOMB) that have indicated they are available for entities seeking security assistance.

* Security Agencies Available to Provide Service to Entities Seeking Security Assistance http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1242,q,566954,mpdcNav_GID,1523,mpdcNav,|.asp

Receive Up-to-the-Minute Text Alerts https://textalert.ema.dc.gov/register.php
All visitors and residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts through the District’s Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency’s Text Alert System. This system is designed to send text messages, even when cell phone signals are low, to your email and cell phone to alert the public of any special announcements regarding inaugural-related transportation, weather and other instructions or updates January 15-22, 2009. It is the best way to receive up-to-the-minute updates.

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