Tennessee Highway Patrol Provides Security for Presidential Inauguration
Forty two Tennessee State Troopers assisted during inaugural events
NASHVILLE --- Forty two members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) returned home this past Saturday after
assisting the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) during the 58th Inauguration of the President
of the United States. As part of a joint operation, the THP helped provide security during the inauguration events with
numerous local and state law enforcement agencies from across the nation, as well as federal authorities and military
Members of the THP traveled to the nation’s capital in patrol units and arrived on Wednesday. On Thursday, State
Troopers were briefed and sworn-in as deputies of the U.S. Marshal Service in order to have law enforcement authority
in D.C. The troopers were then assigned to the Presidential inaugural parade route. Troopers were stationed between
Ninth and Tenth Avenues on Pennsylvania Avenue where they provided perimeter security for the presidential
motorcade and parade participants. There were not any incidents involving THP troopers during Friday’s 18-hour
“This was the third Presidential Inauguration that THP has been requested to assist,” said Colonel Tracy Trott. “We were
honored and excited to be invited back to participate and represent Tennessee in this celebration of our democracy. The
magnitude of responsibility was enormous, and the 42 troopers who were selected stepped up to the challenge with
extreme professionalism. This was one of those lifelong opportunities they will always remember.”
The THP also assisted with security efforts for the 56th and 57th Presidential Inauguration in January 2009 and 2013.
All expenses for the inaugural detail, including the troopers' salaries, travel, meals, and lodging, will be reimbursed to
the department by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.
A complete list of the Tennessee State Troopers assigned to the Presidential Inauguration detail accompanies this
release. Service photos are available upon request.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and
protect the people of Tennessee.