- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police will travel to Washington in January to help out with security during the presidential inauguration.

State Police Spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick tells The Richmond Times Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2fJOZjw ) that State Police will support Metropolitan Police with security and traffic during the January 2017 event.

Republican businessman Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th president on Jan. 20.

Vick said he can’t release the number of officers that will be dedicated to the event due to “operational and officer safety issues.” He says that Virginia State Police have sent troopers to assist local officers in inauguration ceremonies for 20 years.

The newspaper says that Richmond police are among the other agencies that would be helping out.

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