The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) said today that 40 state troopers returned home yesterday after aiding the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department during the 57th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
The THP served alongside 90 local and state law enforcement agencies as well as federal agencies and military personnel who provided security for the inaugural events. They arrived in the nation's capital on Saturday and were sworn-in as deputies by the U.S. Marshal Service on Sunday to give them law enforcement authority in Washington, D.C.
The troopers were assigned to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and provided perimeter security for one of the inaugural balls. Their assignment ended at 2 a.m. on Tuesday.
"We were honored to participate and represent Tennessee in an event of such national importance," Colonel Tracy Trott said. "It was an enormous responsibility. However, the 40 troopers who were selected for this opportunity deserved it, and proved they were up to the task."
During their 16-hour assignment, the THP made one arrest. Sergeant Brandon Douglas, assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Administrative Division, arrested a person for allegedly stealing a woman's purse.
The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department will reimburse the THP for all expenses incurred during their stay. The THP also provided support during the 2009 inauguration.
A full list of those who served is available at https://news.tn.gov/node/10193