WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over 70 law enforcement officials from the Brazos Valley lent themselves in service to protecting the public safety at the nation’s capital city Wednesday.
As President Joe Biden ascended the steps of the Capitol, countless law enforcement entities were in position throughout Washington, D.C. to ensure a peaceful transition of power. This group included dozens of Aggieland’s own, such as Brazos County Sheriff Wayne Dicky.
"This is the fifth time that the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office has participated in the security detail for the inauguration," Sheriff Dicky noted.
Every four years, multiple Brazos County law enforcement agencies have, at the request of federal authorities, issued officials to assist their brethren in blue during the presidential inauguration. This year, Sheriff Dicky was flanked by approximately 30 of his colleagues from the sheriff’s office.
"I think it’s an honor for us to be invited to participate in this, and it’s an opportunity for our deputies to meet other people in our field, in addition to providing a really important service,” the sheriff said.
While this is Sheriff Dicky’s first time working an inauguration, his deputy associates who have served in D.C. before shared their observations with the sheriff upon their arrival on Monday.
“The descriptions I’ve heard, it’s clear that there’s a heightened sense of security," he stated. "Additional measures are in place to protect the motorcade, the Capitol and the White House. And I think our federal partners are doing a great job.”
A total of 41 fellow law enforcement agents were also at the Capitol from the Bryan Police Department, Texas A&M University Police Department, and Brazos County Constables department. A spokesperson with the College Station Police Department shared that none of their staff were sent to D.C. this year due to budgetary constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic.