More than 20,000 National Guardsmen could be deployed to secure Washington, D.C., ahead of President-elect Joseph Biden’s inauguration, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Conti said.
“Because this is a national event requiring security, final numbers will be able to be provided by the U.S. Secret Service, but you can see over 20,000 National Guard members who will be in D.C.,” the Metropolitan Police Chief said.
He stressed that he is very concerned about security in the city both this coming weekend and closer to the inauguration. “We take it seriously,” Conti said. The city’s police chief also called such extensive “outside help” unprecedented.
Biden’s scheduled Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington is being prepared amid heightened security measures because of the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump. Five people were killed in the congressional riot despite hours of delay, members of Congress formally approved Biden’s election victory.