Metro Transit Police get inauguration help

While a smaller crowd is expected for President Obama’s second inauguration than for his first, that doesn’t change the fact that hundreds of thousands of celebrants are about to head to downtown Washington.

The diminished crowd won’t diminish the overall police presence, as Peter Hermann reported earlier this week. The D.C. police are deputizing more than 2,000 officers from 40 states to help with security, which is similar to what occurred in 2009.

And the need for a stronger police presence also extends to Metro. The Metro Transit Police Department is expecting help from about 150 officers sent by more than a dozen agencies across the country.

These officers have to be deputized to have the same powers as Metro’s police force, according to the transit agency. The Transit Police will host a swearing-in ceremony in Hyattsville on Sunday morning, after which the officers will get credentials and be able to serve.

Officers are coming from transit agencies in New York, Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle, among others. And some will come from areas closer to the District: The Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which manages Dulles and National airports, are sending officers.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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