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January 17, 2017

Frederick's Finest Strategic Duty

Harry M. Covert

All eyes are on this exciting inauguration week in the nation's capital. Certainly the world is watching. Frederick's finest will be in strategic positions, carrying banners for the city and county.


No doubt thousands of us will be watching history in the comfort of our homes and not have to be among the 900,000 to a million or so throng on hand for Friday's swearing in of the 45th president, Donald John Trump.


Inauguration festivities always bring various and innumerable feelings. While pros and cons are still evident in the change of government, everybody loves a parade.


And that's where the highly trained personnel of Frederick County and Frederick City have been called in to help.


In all probability, security for Friday's Washington, D.C. installation will be at an all time high.


Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is sending 24 deputies. Police Chief Ed Hargis has assigned a similar number.


It is an honor to be included in the protective services. These men and women from Maryland's second largest jurisdiction (city) are solidly prepared and will play a terrific role in providing safety.


Frederick's team will be sworn in by U. S. Marshals Service on Friday with all authority to keep the peace. They will join over 13,000 armed officers of the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. Park Police, ceremonial army and 8,000 national guardsmen.


Deputies and police officers will be dressed in their Class A daily uniforms, wearing their side arms, body armor and gas masks.


Reports have circulated that protestors of all sorts may try to disrupt both Vice President-Elect Mike Pence's swearing in by Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and President-Elect Trump's oath from Chief Justice John Roberts.


Sheriff Jenkins' team will be assigned to the parade route at Pennsylvania Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets. Chief Hargis' officers will be in similar positions. It's going to be a safe day.


This will be the nation's 58th inauguration and a legitimate presidency. As a reminder, this is a constitutional event afforded every elected president.


Use of the term illegitimate is despicable. Perhaps it was the illegitimate voters who failed.


I see where many members of Congress say they are boycotting the events. It's been proven these people are out of touch. The transition of power will go on and the world will breathe a sigh of relief.


I am always encouraged. Despite the enmity from the recent election, "America is great because America is good." Regardless of who said it first, it’s the truth.


Merely travel around the world, see how others live. Indeed, the land of liberty, is mighty fine.


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