FBI Providing Security Support for Presidential Inauguration

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By Carol A. Clark

Security experts braced for the mass of humanity that descended upon the nation’s capitol to witness inauguration history today. Estimates indicate that the thrill of seeing Barack Obama, the first African American sworn in as president likely draw some two million people.

But as with every inauguration, threatening chatter is out there and agents in the Washington Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) joined some 60 other local, state and national agencies to keep the events culminating in today's 56th Presidential Inauguration safe and secure.

On Saturday, Washington Field Office agents held a demonstration of the bureau’s tactical response vehicles, which are part of the fleet available for deployment in support of the historical event. These vehicles, on standby for use in the event of a crisis, include a state-of-the-art mobile command post, an armored assault vehicle, WMD response vehicles, evidence recovery team vehicles, and bomb trucks.

Special Agent in Charge John Perren, Counterterrorism, Washington Field Office, provided journalists with an overview of the FBI’s role in assessing incidents and working with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to quickly and safely resolve them. The tactical vehicles provided the law enforcement agencies with on-the-scene response capabilities.

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