tv Washington D.C. Officials Brief on Inauguration Security and Logistics CSPAN January 7, 2017 2:00am-2:39am EST
u.s. and japan and later conference on u.s. foreign intelligence gathering. the presidential inauguration will be on january 20th. in a news conference on the inauguration, washington, d.c. mayor muriel bowser and law enforcement officials discuss their preparation for terrorist threats and 3,000 from other jurisdictions will assist. this is half an hour.
>> good afternoon, everyone. welcome to historic fort mcnair. as you all know we are just two weeks way from the 58th presidential inauguration. as the command over the joint force we are honored to be the support lead for the inauguration and part of this great team planning and execu executing this historic event. the military's participation in presidential inauguration dates back to 1789 when soldiers and militia escorted george washington to his swearing in ceremony at federal hall in new york city and we are proud to carry on this tradition. >> today, we are honored to have here with us the mayor of washington, d.c. please welcome mayor muriel would you s bowser.
>> good morning, everybody. we are delight to be here. i want to thank the general and his staff who support us each and every day but who will especially be supporting us in the 58th inaugural ceremonies, i want to acknowledge people on my federal team who are with me today and who will be available to answer questions the deputy mayor for public safety in washington, d.c., kevin donahue, the district's director of homeland security, chris g galhart, peter nusham. our dpw director, chris shorter and health director, dr. nesbitt, and also our human services director, laura zilangre. also the d.c. national guard is represented here as well as the
fire chief, gregory dean. i am very thankful as well to the federal partners who have joins us. you will hear from the special agent in charge for the washington, d.c. for the united states secret service as well as park police representatives and representatives from the federal emergency management agency or fema, so let me thank all of them for the work they have been doing in preparation for the inauguration, of course in washington d.c. we're the capitol of the united states of america an the seat of our federal government. every four years our government works overtime to keep everyone safe during the peaceful transition of power. that's the hallmark of our democracy. since april, my administration has been working closely with our partners to
ensure the seamless oversight in integrated management of this national event and this special security event. as members of the media, we are so grateful to see so many of you both local, national and international outlets. here today, because you in fact play a key role in helping residents and business owners and many, many visitors who will come to washington, d.c. it is important that it are prepared so they know how to access all the events, conveniently and safely. and for the 58th presidential inauguration we in washington, d.c. created two presidential information channels and invite members of the public to check it frequently because that's where we will be providing updated information.
the first is our official website. it is inauguration.dc.gov. the second is the districts official inauguration twitter account at inaug2017. that's i-n-a-u-g 2017. on twitter. so both our website and twitter accounts are up and running and will continue to be updated between now and the day of the inauguration with news and logistics about security and getting around washington d.c. during the inauguration, so please follow these tools, and check back with them frequently. so in addition to being time for our country to come together and honor our democracy, every inauguration is also an opportunity for our city's vibrant communities to shine and for our city to show the nation
about local washington d.c. too. federal washington will be on display but we invite the many visitors to washington to support our businesses and get to know the residents of washington, d.c. so we look forward to hosting this national celebration and i am going to ask director geldhart and special agent ebert to provide a few more specifics about our planning. and when the will be joined by general manager paul weedenfeld. to talk about metro's preparati preparations. >> thank you, mayor. good afternoon, everyone. the district has a long history of successfully executing inaugurations and other imagine special security events in our nation's capitol. since april we have been working with
our federal, state, local partners on contingency planning for all those who want to come to the event to have a safe, peaceful event. to answer the question about potential protest demonstration, the zrirgt -- stri district in concert with our partners work daily with the members who come to the nation's capitol to express their rights, it is to make sure people can come and express their rights peacefully and lawfully and make sure everybody returns home safely at th this-the end of the day. we all know that large national security events such as inaugurations impact our city. the key for us is planning ahead. for specific details on the inaugural schedule, road
closures, prohibited items, city services and transportation options, please visit our official website, as the mayor mentioned, at inauguration.dc.gov. i now would like to introduce our partner and federal lead to the special event, special agent brian ebert. >> good afternoon, everyone i'm happy to be here. mayor thank you for inviting me. i appreciate it. january 20th will be our 58th presidential inauguration. it was designated a national special security event in july of last year by the department of homeland security. it will be our country's 56th national special security event. about half of which have taken place here in washington d.c. as with all national special security events, the se cress
serv -- secret serves is the lead 8 for the national security plan. we work in close congress junction with our federal partners, federal emergency management agency as well as incident investigations. the secret services core strategy is to establish strong relationships with our law enforcement public safety and military partners here in the national capitol region and to collaboratively develop a security comprehensive plan. there are many represented here today and many other partners. the secret service employees a unified command model and we
have texecutive steering a committee with those who have primary jurisdiction over the events. the executive steering committee is supported by 25 subcommittees. examples are crowd management, credentialing, fire, life safety and health and medical. the expertise and coordination of all those involved is critical to a successful inauguration. we've been working on this for a long time. we've conducted numerous joint training initiatives and tabletop and field exercises to insure we have an immediate response to any response we might experience during the inauguration. we have developed a seamless security plan to ensure a safe environment 4 protect yes as we as those attending.
we are ready for this inauguration. thank you. >> good afternoon. paul wiedefeld, general manager of metro. just want to talk a little bit about some of the operation that will be performing on the 20th, metro service 4:00 a.m. running until midnight. we will be running peak hour service from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. we will have mt. vernon square, archives, the triangle and smithsonian and the pentagon. we will be running a bus service, that will be impacted with all the road closures, so we recommend you go to our website to look at the implications of the bus routes there. as you use our system, use our parking facilities. we have almost 60,000 parking spaces throughout the region. be sure to get there early. they do fill up pretty quickly and follow our twitter feed and we'll monitor the usage tso you
can plan accordingly. we are offering a special one-day inaugural pass, $10, it prevents you from standing in line to get pass at our stations. if you do that before the 13th we can get it mailed out to you, we suggest you do that online as quickly as possible, we will also be selling them the day of the event. the lines will be much thicker at that point. i want to thank all of our partners and the mayor and general for hosting us today and we work with around the district and want to mention our transit agencies around the country we reached out several months ago to help provide law enforcement capabilities so we appreciate their time as well. mayor. >> thank you. we're happy to take a few questions. >> the peaceful transition of power, do you have any reason to believe that it won't be pea peaceful that day? is there any indication that
there will be more protests this inauguration than in the past? >> well, my expectation of this entire team is that they have prepared for any and all circumstances and you have heard director geldhart talk about our preparations for the ability of people to come to our city and excise their first amendment rights. many have applied for permits to do exactly that and have been handled by the various agencies, so we expect people to comply with their permits. we expect them to exercise their rights peacefully and will be prepared should anybody choose not to. >> are you done with the perm permitting process or are some of them still up in the air? i understand there were some changes last night or early?
>> sure. let me have them speak to that and the chief can let us know about any local permits. >> i'm talking specifically along the parade routes. >> the secret service respects the right to the public to demonstrate and voice their views. we expect lot of folks will come down to washington, d.c. over the course of the inauguration and exercise their first amendment rights. there's been a lot of permits applied for. there's some granted and i understand there are some still being processed. >> how many have been granted? >> excuse me? >> how many have been granted. i don't have a specific number on that. >> will you designate a space along the route where people are told to protest? >> the secret service is going to treat everybody there as general public, everybody that comes into the event, so there's not designated areas. an individual group might decide to meet in a particular area,
but we don't designate protest areas. >> how did these groups -- >> one second. >> from a d.c. perspective, there's really two agencies that grant permits in the district of columbia, that's the park police and the metropolitan police department. we have had three permits applied for and all three have been granted and we've been working with them on the areas where they will be having their ability to exercise their first amendment rights and i know the park police have been working with all the permits they've received as well. the idea is we have to work with the presidential inaugural committee and other folks insure the spaces people are applying for are available tore them to do that. and sometimes those things take a little bit of a while to determine which spaces they're going to use for bleachers or things like that and areas they're going to use for their use and what comes open.
we have received the permits. the city has approved all three that we received. i know the park service has been working for all of them to be accommodated as best as possible. >> yes, ma'am. introduce yourself. >> from channel 9. can you tell me where those three permits have been granted? >> the freedom plaza for us. >> all three of them? >> yes. >> okay. >> yes, sir. >> griff jenkins from fox news. as we covered protests in the dnc and rnc on a much smaller scale on what you're expecting. one of the tactics that change is that they move a lot. if these groups that have been granted a designated area, if they begin to move is movement a concern of yours causing disruptions and will you arrest people if they do not comply with their designated area?
>> certainly we want to encourage everybody to come and celebrate, those who come to protest we want to encourage them to do that. our first responsibility, of course, is the safety of everybody who is participating. and that is how our agencies will respond. yes, sir. >> how much money is the city spending on the inauguration and how much of that is reimbursed by the federal government? >> we expect it all to be reimbursed by the federal government. >> we think the number is going to be 30 million, i think so far 19 million has been appropriated. that's not unlike previous years where we have been spent more we knew that we would spend more than the appropriation, but we have gone back to request and i'll ask chris to give you the details, to request what the
actual expenditures were and i don't think we've been far off in collecting what has been expended. >> much like in 2013, for that inauguration, we received a line item in the president's budget to do the inauguration. that line item didn't cover the entire cost in 2013 and we went back to the federal government. we will be going to do the same thing here. we have been in conversations with the congress with where we are. some won't be known until well after the inauguration. and tally up all the man hours and so some that will be pending until after but as we look at the cost and the demonstrations that we saw for rnc and dnc is much less, they received $50 million each for their two events so we're pretty confident that the congress will work with us as we
only receive 19.9 for the inauguration. so they have been very good in working with us as well. >> there are some groups, some anarchist groups that have no intent on getting permits. is there anything the city or police are doing in terms of confronting or dealing with the state of intent of disrupting the ceremonies? >> sure. let me turn to the chief. >> peter, as you know, we have had multiple demonstrations here in the city. in fact, we had a number of demonstrations in the city since the election. and we consider it a circumstance that we are very well-prepared to deal with. we don't anticipate any problems. the fact that you have some folks indicating on social media that they're coming to shut down the inauguration or the events is something that we will be prepared for. as you know we have experienced
that type of thing before in the city and will be able to handle it. i heard someone say on the news the other day, i think it was a member of the aclu, that our posture here in the district, the police department's posture and our federal partners is to facilitate demonstrations of first amendment assemblies. that's what we intend to do. >> are you preparing for more mass arrests? >> it's always one of the things we always have to prepare for but we don't anticipate that will be the case. >> large dump trucks filled with sand in order to block some of the routes into the first new year's celebrations, is that something thought of or planned? >> absolutely, we are going to 82 a number of different barr r barriers to prevent a large truck type of situation like we've seen in other parts of the world. >> are you going to use trucks filled with sand like they use in new york? >> we don't specifically talk
about that type of thing. we will be well prepared in the event that type of thing will occur. >> how big are you anticipating? 2009 was not as big -- or a lot bigger than 2012. is it everybody out here or just what are you looking for? >> we have no idea, you know, in terms -- i wouldn't want to put a number on it. but as you probably have heard me say before, we ex expect -- we plan for very large numbers. if they're smaller we are well prepared. we plan for the biggest number possible and so i asked my team to look at the biggest inauguration we have had and to look at various scenarios in terms of who is coming along the route, who has a permit, he doesn't, literally a couple of weeks ago was trying to find members of my cabinet,
the chief, the fire chief specifically and they were all squirreled way doing tabletop exercise, going through all these various scenarios. so i won't be able to put a number to it but we look at the outside numbers, the biggest inauguration was for in 2009 and we have planned from there. >> for example, you got all this attention downtown. are there agreements for like the outer areas of d.c. with the neighbors? >> yes, thank you for that. so we, of course, will be pol e policing all of washington, d.c. our government services while we will have a lot of attention from all of the agencies and making sure we have a smooth inauguration, the balance of the 33,000 employees of washington d.c. will be focused on day-to-day operations of our city. the inauguration is one day.
it's friday, january 20thth and it is a federal holiday for the national capitol region. so we expect d.c. government workers and federal work others to have the day off. all the days leading up to the inauguration and following the inauguration are regular days of business in washington, d.c. d.c. is open for business. many restaurants and business will continue to be open on inauguration day as well. so feel trfree to come in the corridor outside of the perimeter but to go to washington, d.c. and shop and dyne and do all the things you are accustomed to doing. other force, like other inaugurations will be augmented by national police coming from around the nation that will operate under the command of our chief of police. peter, i think we're adding 3,000, which is typical. they will begin to arrive two
days before the inauguration. yes, ma'am. >> mayor bowser, there are people that say they're planning to give out marijuana on the day of the inauguration. will you be looking out for that and arresting people who are smoking in public? >> we're going to be prepared for the peaceful demonstration of people's first amendment rights. that wouldn't be our first priority. >> i know you don't want to discuss tactics. can you describe any special inconvenience because of trump hotel being on pennsylvania avenue, along the parade route? will there be any roadblocks particularly to that? most buildings are on the parade route, many closed because of the holiday, but the public hotel, how will you manage crowds in and out of the hotel? >> on january 20th? >> on the days leading up. will the public experience anything different to the days
leading up to that? >> let me speak to the secret service on that? >> thank you, ma'am. an event of this size is going to necessarily disrupt the city and we're doing everything we can to work with the city and the law enforcement and public safety partners to lessen that disruption. what we did for this inauguration that we haven't done before is set up a new subcommittee specifically focused on providing to and communicating with the residents of the city as well as the businesses of the city. as early as back in october, we started reaching out to the folks most affected by the inauguration and providing them information about what they might expect on game day. to date, we have reached out to over 1,500 buildings and over 350,000 people and 5,000
individual businesses and provided information to them and let them know what they can expect. over the next weeks we are going to host a number of well publicized town hall meetings so folks can learn about the road closures and restriction and give an chance to ask any questions an voice any concerns. we have worked very closely with all the buildings along the parade route, some are private, some are federal and we have come up with a plan to accommodate all the folks in the building an make sure we provide a safe and secure environment for everyone. >> anybody who hasn't gotten a chance? yes, sir. >> to the secret service, or the homeland security if you could, what did secret service learn and local authorities learn from the rnc and dnc where there were some protests, not as many obviously as was expected but that will be instructive for you along the way?
and a follow-up to that, have you had any type of specific threats aimed at this event? >> the secret service works closely with our law enforcement and intelligence community partners to ensure that we stay well aware of potential threats. we're constantly enhancing and tailoring our protective methodologies and bringing new tools and technologies to bear to mitigate these threats. i can't discuss the details of the security plan but i can tell you that we will have a robust security perimeter, this will be a multi-layer buffer zones as well as the motorcade route and the parade route. and it will consist of police officers and
national guardsmen and secret service and homeland security investigation agents as well as a number of physical barriers and control checkpoints to screen everyone coming into the event. at those checkpoints, there will be metal detectors as well as bag searches from what's going on. in terms of past events, we are always enhancing and adapting our methodologies. specifically, i can say i went to the republican national convention and brought with me the command staff of the metropolitan police department and united states military and park police, to take a look at what was going on there to meet with the public safety officials in cleveland and law enforcement, and see what their concerns and challenges were and take back any lessons learned that we can apply for the inauguration pl planning. >> on the question of threats,
though, have you seen any or addressing any specific threats related to this event? >> we're working closely with the fbi and other law enforcement intelligence community partners to stay whatever emerging threats. we're not going to discuss any specifics. >> earlier this week, weapons, cache was found in the canal. was there any update to that discovery and whether or not it had any implications of any existing threat or plot for the inaugural? >> let me have the park police come up and address that. chief, is that right? >> yes, ma'am. >> the park police will address that. sam, let me add to the earlier question you asked. i neglected to mention the d.c. national guard is also -- will also be deployed in downtown washington and will lead a group of gaurtsmen and women from 42 states and have
5,000 guardsmen in downtown washington that help us with the perimeter. >> is that new? >> no, i just neglected to mention it. where's my park police officer? thank you. >> no problem. deputy chief bucs with the united states park service. at this point, that's still an ongoing investigation, but right now we have no reason to believe it has any nexus to terrorism or linkage to the inaugural events. thank you. >> [ inaudible ]. >> there's a microphone. >> i just want to know how many security people or law enforcement people will be involved in overall inauguration day? >> sure. as i mentioned as in all of the inaugurations we put out a call early in the year for police officers to augment the d.c. police force and we expect an additional 3,000 police officers.
and we will also have the assistance of the national guard and we expect 5,000 guardsmen to help us in downtown washington to help protect our perimeter that have been established around the parade route and the inauguration festivities. >> secret service and military folks, how will the sad condition of the arlington memorial bridge affect the ability to move people in and out of the city? >> does anybody have anything to say about the arlington memorial bridge? let me use this as an opportunity to focus the incoming administration's attention to the arlington memorial bridge which belongs to the national park service which needs about $200 million more to be completed. it is an important connection of course between our city and our work force and the work force in virginia, but is also a direct
link to arlington national cemetery. it does have some weight restrictions and i'm not sure if they are affecting this operation. chris will speak to it. >> so for the inaugural time period when we're doing the inauguration, the 19th, 20th and 21st particularly on the 20th the bridge will be closed for vehicular traffic and only used for pedestrian traffic. >> question for mr. weedenfeld. is this something that you built into safe track planning to know that this day will be an unusually high ridership? >> we did actually build it in. from the start we were not going to be doing work during that period and in fact shut down all routine maintenance this weekend after this weekend going forward just to make sure there are no issues from that perspective.
>> just to follow-up, as you know, there are often problems on metro unanticipated. should something happen and there needs to be a single-tracking situation, how will you handle that? >> again just as the highway community is preparing if there were an accident on the highway and we're prepared to do that as well. >> let me emphasize a point made earlier, largely when we have a lot of visitors come and try to use our metro system, the biggest problem they encounter is not knowing how to pay and how to get where they're going. so we are encouraging everybody to go to our website. metro's website, and learn how to buy the fare media in advance and so you eliminate the uncertainty how to use the machine, how much does it cost, how do i get where i'm going. to do that in advance of the swearing in, and inauguration
activities. >> yes. from the voice of america, park police, you guys in the d.c. area have three permits approved. what about the park police? how many permits have been approved thus far? >> that process is still an on going process on a daily basis as our national partners are working on the pick to give final answers on what spaces they're going to use and not use and i don't have the final answers to date. but i know everyday they're working on that to get the spaces to the people used for demonstrations. >> i want to thank everybody who has been involved in planning and as i mentioned when i had a conversation with the president elect, the city has been involved in every one of these inauguration festivities and
we're well prepared, just about half of the national security events. i want to thank law enforcement for all the planning they have done but also mention that the human services support, that go with large-scale events, fire, ems support and health department and warming centers and all of those things are also in place. i want to thank in advance the business improvement districts who are ambassadors in the district of columbia, to help people move around. i have no doubt that people coming will not only enjoy the official activities of the inauguration but also get a chance to see our restaurants, neighborhoods and communities. and thank you for spreading the word about inauguration. .dc.gov. and inau g2017, which will be the official twitter accounts for washington, d.c. thank you.
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