Newly confirmed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary former Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly today commended "the men and women of DHS and the thousands of other state, local and federal law enforcement personnel for their excellent work in ensuring the peaceful transition of power — a cornerstone of our great democracy," during the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
"Given that inaugurations are designated National Special Security Events, the US Secret Service is responsible for coordinating the security for these events. The security design and implementation of the 58th presidential inauguration involved more than 50 partnering law enforcement, public safety and military agencies. Collaboratively, these agencies established the largest security perimeter in inauguration history," Kelly said.
Kelly said, "Responses to incidents were immediate, well-coordinated and effective due to the intense planning, communication and training of all agencies involved in the security plan. The overall goal of the security plan was accomplished through a coordinated effort of providing a safe and secure environment for Secret Service protectees, other dignitaries, event participants and the general public."
"I am tremendously proud of the professionalism and hard work of the DHS team," he stated, noting that, "More than 10,500 DHS personnel from the US Secret Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, US Customs and Border Protection and other DHS components worked to ensure the success of the inauguration, alongside nearly 13,000 additional US government personnel."
He also said, "A debt of gratitude is also owed to the Metropolitan Police Department, the US Capitol Police, the US Park Police, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and state and local partners from the National Capitol Region who led an incredible public safety effort during several days of celebrations and demonstrations. Their professionalism and responsiveness during a dynamic several days showcased the very best of what it means to protect and serve."
In concluding, Kelly said his "deepest gratitude goes out to the law enforcement, homeland security and military personnel who worked innumerable hours over the planning and execution stages of the inauguration – they are truly the unsung facilitators of democracy."