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Commissioner W. Ralph Basham quoted in Washington Post article: "Security grid for inauguration means thousands of police, many street closures"
Security measures related to Friday’s presidential inauguration are already visible, in the form of Jersey barriers placed on the streets near Lafayette Square. Parking restrictions will begin Wednesday. Streets will start closing Thursday.
By week’s end, the nation’s capital will have transformed into a virtual fortress of roadblocks, fences and armed police. Streets will be barricaded with trucks filled with sand. Five Metro stations will close Friday. Crossing Pennsylvania Avenue will be next to impossible.
The peaceful transfer of power is made possible by overlaying a tight security grid using 28,000 security officials over 100 square blocks of prime downtown real estate — from the White House to the Capitol and beyond, with a price tag in the tens of millions of dollars.
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“It was a huge challenge for the Secret Service,” said W. Ralph Basham, a retired director of the agency with 33 years of experience, who helped protect popes and presidents dating back to Nixon. “It’s critically important to make sure proper security measures are in place. We want to make sure that not only is the president and his family safe, but also the people who are there to witness this incredibly important Democratic event.”
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