tv Washington D.C. Officials Brief on Inauguration Security and Logistics CSPAN January 6, 2017 12:01pm-12:40pm EST
excluded your consideration. >> that doesn't mean this court is precluded from relying on those to understand how the world works. >> how would an appellate court look when the district court has said this is not a part of my decision? >> those are in the record and that is part of the appellate record and this court could discredit that on the basis of -- >> we would have to convert that for a motion of summary judgment wouldn't we? >> watch this case from our library on c-span.org. >> the mayor of washington d.c., secret service update preparations for january 20th.
planning this historic event. this dates back to 1989 when soldiers escorted george washington to the haul in new york city and we are proud to carry on this tradition today we are honored to have with us the mayor of washington d.c. so please welcome mayor merrial bowser. good morning, everybody, we are delighted to be here and i want to thank the general and all of 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 done how, chris gailgailheart, peter nush- also our human services director lau laura zilanger. and gregory dean. i am thankful to the partners who have joined us and will hear from the agent in charge for the secret service, 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 of the inauguration, of course in washington d.c. we're the capitol of the united states of america an every four years our government works overtime to keep everyone safe during the peaceful transition of power. that's the hallmark of our democracy, we have been working closely with our partners to ensure the seamless oversight 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 out leletsoutlets. 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. and it is important that they are prepared so they know how to access all the events, conveniently and safely and for the 58th presidential inauguration we in washington d. created two 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 website, naug d d -- 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 geld hahart and
special agent ebert so provide a few more specifics about our planning and then joined by general manager paul weeden sommerfe weedensommerfeweedenfeld. >> thank you, mayor. good afternoon, everyone. the district has a long history of successfully executing inaugurations and special events in our nation's capitol, since april we have been working with our federal, state, local partners on your 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 demonstrati s demonstrations, 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, safely and peacefully and make sure everybody returns home safely at 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 at inauguratio inauguration.d inauguration.dc.gov. i now want to introduce 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 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 security events, 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 military partners here in the capitol region and colab rativeratively together. we establish an executive steering committee with those who have primary jurisdiction over the events. the executive steering committee is supported by 25 subcommittees. examples are crowd management, credenti 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 far long time. conducted numerous joint training, and top field exercises to make sure we have an immediate response to any effect during the inauguration. we have developed a seamless security plan to ensure a safe environment for our induck tees and all those attending. thank you. >> good afternoon. 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 till midnight. and peek hours 4:00 p.m. to 9:00
p.m. we will be running a bus service, that will be impacted with all the road closures, so we invite you to go to our website. we also have parking spots thru throughout the region and follow the twitter monitor feed. 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 as quickly as possible, we will also be selling them the day of the event.
i want to thank all of our partners and also want to mention our sister -- around the country, we reached out 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 transition of power. do you have any reason to believe that it won't be peaceful that day? is there any indication that there will be more protests 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 geld hahart talk aboutr preparations for the ability to come to our city and exercise 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 process or are some of them still up in the air? i understand there were changing 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 reserves their rights to -- their views. there's been a lot of permits
applied for. there's been some granted i understand there are some still being processed. >> how many have been granted? >> i don't have the 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 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 areas. >> just a 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 metro poll tan 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 have as well. we have to work with the presidential inauguration committee and make sure that the spaces people are applying for are available for 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. 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. >> can you tell me where those three permits have been granted? >> the freedom plaza for us. >> all three of them?
>> yes. >> okay. >> grif jenkins from fox news. as we covered the dnc and rnc on a much smaller scale, one thing 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 responsibility is of course the safety of everybody who is participating and that is how our agencies will respond. yes sir. >> how much money is the city
sending on the inauguration an how much of that is reimbursed by the federal government? >> we expect it all to be reimbursed by the federal government. [ laughter ] >> 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 and 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 and we went back to the federal government, will be
going to same thing here, we have been in conversations with the congress with 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 and they have been working well with us. >> there are 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 city and 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 to have aclu that our posture here in the district, the police department's posture is to facility demonstrations and first amendment assemblies and that's what we intend to do. >> are you preparing for more
mass arrests. >> it's always one of the things to prepare for but don't anticipate that will be the case. >> you are planning on using large bags of sand like new years. >> absolutely, we are going to use large bearriers like the trucks. >> are you going to use the trucks like new years? >> we don't specifically talk about them. >> i know 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 have probably heard me say before, we expect -- we plan for very large numbers and if they're smaller we are prepared but plan for the biggest number possible and so i asked my team to look at the biggest number we have had and look at scenarios 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 away doing a table top exercise going through 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. >> yes, thank you for that. so we of course will be 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 on day today operations of our city. the inauguration is one day. it's friday, january 20thth and it is a federal holiday for the national a capitol region, so we expect government workers and federal workers to have the day off. all the days leading up to the inauguration and following the days of inauguration are days of regular business and d.c. is open for business. many restaurants and business
will be open. so feel free to go not only in the perimeter but outside and shop and dine like you are accustom to doing. others will be augmented by national police coming from around the nation that will operate under the command of our chief of police. period of time. they will begin to arrive two days before the inauguration. >> there are people 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. >> can you discuss any special inconvenience because of trump hotel being on pennsylvania aven avenue, most buildings are on the parade route, many closed because of the holiday, but the hotel, to 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 going everything we can to work with the city and the law enforcement and public safety partners to lessen that
disruption. what we did that we haven't done before is set up a subcommittee specifically focused on providing to and communicating with the resident s of the city as well as the businesses of the city, 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 to expect. over the next weeks we are going to host a number of town hall meetings so folks can learn about the road closures and restrictions and ask questions and voice 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. >> 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 obviously not as many as expects but 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
tayloring our protective method do doll jis, i can't discuss the security plan but can tell you with will have a robust security perimeter, this will be a multilayer buff ever zones as well as the motorcade route and the parade route and 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, there will be checkpoints and bag checks. and metal detectors, we are always enhancing and adapting
our methodologies, i went to the republic republican convention and the took a look at what was going on there to meet with the public safety officials in cleveland and see what their concerns and challenges were and take back any lessons learned that we can apply to the inauguration. >> with respect to the threats are you expecting any specific threats related to this event? >> we're not going to discuss any specifics. >> earlier this week, weapons, cash was found on the -- canal, was there any update to that
discovery and whether or not it had any implications of any threat or plot for the inaugural? >> let me have the park police come up and address that. chief, is that right? >> yes, ma'am. >> sam let me add to the earlier question, the d.c. national guard will also be deployed in downtown washington and will lead a group of guardsmen 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. >> deputy chief burkes, that's still an on going investigation but right now we have no reason to believe it has any nexus to
terrorism or connection to the inaugural events. thank you. >> [ inaudible question ] >> 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 expect 5,000 guardsmen to help us in downtown washington to help protect our perimeter that have been established around the parade route and festiviti festivities. >> secret service and military
folks, how will arlington memorial bridge affect the security? -- >> 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, 20 and 21st particularly on the 20th the bridge will be closed for
vehicular traffic and only used for pedestrian. >> is this something that you built into safe track planning to know that this day will be an unusually high? >> 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 an 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 is not knowing how to pay and get where they're going, so we are encouraging everybody to go to our website. and learn -- wet mmetro's websid by the fair in advance and eliminate the uncertainty how to use the machine, how much does it cost, and to do in add vavanf swearing in activities. >> park police, you guys in the d.c. area have three permits approved how about the park police, how many permits have been approved so far? >> that process is still an on going process on a daily basis working with the pick to give final answers on what spaces
they're going to use and not use, but i know every day 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 involved in every one has been involved in these preparations and as you have heard for 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, health department and warming centers are all in place, i want to thank in advance our 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 to have inauguration but also get a chance to see our restaurants, neighborhoods and communities. and thank you for spreading the word about inauguration. c c c -- dc.gov. thank you.