Many of the brave men and women that serve on DCHA’s police force are sworn police officers. This gives them full rights and services throughout the District, not just on DCHA-owned properties. DCHAPD officers perform traffic stops, write tickets and make arrests the same way MPD officers can.
The Metropolitan Police Department made requests for outside police departments to assist with the 57th Inauguration of the President of the United States of America—the second for President Barack Obama. DCHA’s Office of Public Safety (OPS) volunteered to participate and was selected as one of the many police departments to assist MDP with securing the event. In preparation for the event, OPS received special credentials, participated in a special briefing and swearing in ceremony for the outside departments.
In preparation for an outdoor shift that went from 4 am to 6:30 pm, officers invested in cold winter gear to brave the cold weather that is normal for inaugurations. The prize for the best item goes to Sgt. Street for his battery-powered socks designed to keep his feet warm.
The President’s limousine passed within feet of the men and women of the DCHAPD, which did an admiral job in securing the parade route in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
“I am very proud of the officers and officials that represented DCHA during the inauguration ceremony yesterday,” said DCHA Police Chief Joel Maupin. “They did so with honor and professionalism and represented the Authority well. And may I add that they looked good doing so.”