SARASOTA, FL. – January 23, 2017 – 8:30 a.m.
Twelve (12) Sarasota Police Officers returned to the City of Sarasota Saturday evening after providing additional security during President Donald Trump’s inauguration parade in Washington, D.C. Officers assisted with traffic and crowd control for the parade.
Ten officers and two supervisors left the City of Sarasota on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 and returned on Saturday, January 21, 2017. They joined 5,000 National Guard troops and federal agents and nearly 3,000 police officers from outside the Washington, D.C. area.
In November 2016, the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Secret Service requested assistance from Chief Kevin Vespia of the North Port Department to provide supplemental uniformed presence for the inauguration. Chief Vespia extended the invitation to the Sarasota Police Department and other surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Sarasota Police Officers received special training at National Guard Armory before being sworn in as U.S. Marshals for the inauguration. They reported for duty at 2:30 a.m. on Inauguration Day and worked between 16 and 18 hours.
This is the second time Officers from the Sarasota Police Department have been invited to assist with Inauguration Day. Sarasota Police Officers also provided additional security in 2009 when President Barack Obama took office.