TSA supports Secret Service in bolstering security for 56th presidential inauguration

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National Press Release
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today plans to support U.S. Secret Service efforts to secure transportation systems and events surrounding the 56th Presidential Inauguration. This support is a great example of the collaborative effort of Department of Homeland Security agencies that occurs on a daily basis.

"We are ready to assist the U.S. Secret Service with the important task of keeping our transportation systems and inauguration events safe," said TSA Administrator Kip Hawley. "This is a valuable partnership that provides an added layer of protection to enhance the security of the American public during this historic event."

TSA will deploy Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams in all modes of transportation leading up to the inauguration. VIPR teams work with local law enforcement officials to supplement existing security resources by providing deterrent presence and detection capabilities, and an unpredictable layer of security. Comprised of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers, explosives detection canine teams, and local law enforcement, VIPR teams can be deployed anywhere at any time.

TSA is also providing more than 300 transportation security officers from across the country to assist the Secret Service with screening participants along the parade route and at the inaugural events hosted at the Capitol. Much like their involvement in the Democratic and Republican national conventions and on the campaign trail, TSA officers will be part of the effort to ensure potentially dangerous items are not allowed in secure areas.

Airports in the national capital region have coordinated staffing and are prepared to accommodate large crowds. Local airports have increased the number of behavior detection officers as an added element of unpredictability. Additionally, more than a dozen TSA-certified explosive detection canine teams will supplement existing capital region teams, enhancing mobile detection capabilities in airports and mass transit systems.

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