NC law enforcement to take part in inauguration

January 14, 2009 9:09:59 PM PST
Security plans in the nation's capitol are being finalized for what's expected to be one of the biggest presidential inaugurations ever and the plans include law enforcement officers from North Carolina.For security reasons the highway patrol will not say specifically how many of its troopers have a security assignment for the inauguration.

For Hoke County Police Trooper Steve Joe it's the assignment of a lifetime.

"I feel very fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity to represent the state of North Carolina," Joe said. "When I found out I was selected to go I was ecstatic and I truly thank God for the opportunity."

Joe will be a part of a huge security force on the streets of the nation's capitol next Tuesday.

A spokesman for Washington's metropolitan police says an extra 4,000 law enforcement officers from 96 departments across the country will manage an inauguration crowd estimated at 2 to 3 million people.

"I can't imagine," Joe said. "I guess it's like going to the stock car race in Charlotte and multiplying that by ten times in one day, it's going to be incredible."

Joe will spend several days in Washington. He says he hopes he is close enough to see the actual ceremony, so he can tell his family he witnessed history in the making.

"That their father and grandfather spent time in making history for this great nation and this great state," he said.

Trooper Joe leaves for his assignment Saturday. He and the other extra law officers will be sworn in as deputies by the US Marshal.


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