Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release.
Tomorrow, a group of Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office deputies and supervisors will travel to Washington D.C. to prepare to work at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2013.
The Sheriff’s Office is sending 40 personnel to the inauguration where they will provide security along the route of the Inaugural Parade. Sheriff’s personnel are officially sworn-in as deputy marshals during their security assignment.
“It is certainly an honor for the Sheriff’s Office to be selected to work at this national event,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “I know our deputies will proudly represent Hennepin County in our nation’s capital on an historic day.”
This is the third consecutive Presidential inauguration in which the Sheriff’s Office has provided personnel. There will be 183 law enforcement officers from throughout Minnesota working at the event including personnel from several metro area agencies.
Because more than a million people are expected in Washington D.C., law enforcement organizers ask other agencies to augment existing personnel in order to handle crowd control and security duties.
Travel expenses for the Sheriff’s Office personnel and all costs associated with the inauguration are paid by the federal government.