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January 14, 2009

Local police to provide security at Obama's inauguration


He said the event also would provide the chance to interact with other departments to see how they do things.

Methuen Capt. Thomas Fram, executive officer of the regional response team, didn't make the trip to Washington for the Bush-Cheney inauguration and is looking forward to this trip.

"I feel like it is an honor for me and the team to go down there and help with the security force for the inaugural," Fram said.

He said the group was going to the inauguration to work.

"This is not a vacation," he said. "We will have work to do."

But nevertheless, it is still exciting to be a part of it, Fram said, adding it could be one of the highlights of his law enforcement career.

"This is another mission, but a bigger one," he said.

Stanley said the officers will board a plane Sunday for the trip to Washington and expect to return Wednesday.

When officers taking part in the security operation arrive in Washington, they will be sworn in as deputy U.S. marshals for the events, giving them the powers of arrest in the event they become necessary.

Stanley said swearing the officers in as deputy U.S. marshals also provides indemnification and legal protection if a lawsuit results from the performance of their duties.

"From all our perspectives, sure it is a historic event, but every inauguration is a historic event. It's just another day of work for this team," Stanley said. "We are not there to participate in the celebration, we are there to do a job."

The costs of the trip, lodging and per diem allowances for the officers will be reimbursed by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, which receives money from the federal government to cover the costs associated with the event, Stanley said.


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