Fayette County

Lexington police to aid at inauguration

Lexington police officers will assist during the upcoming presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Fifty-six Lexington officers, under Commander James Newton, will join about 4,000 other visiting police to help line the parade route and provide security for the various balls throughout the city from Jan. 18 to 21, said Washington Metro Police spokeswoman Traci Hughes.

This is the second time Lexington officers will work the event. They did the same in 2005 for the inauguration of President George W. Bush.

Officers from 99 agencies around the U.S. will assist the roughly 4,000 metro D.C. police officers, Hughes said. The various agencies will be reimbursed for travel, lodging and salaries after the event by the federal government via the D.C. police, Hughes said.

She could not say if any other Kentucky police agencies are sending officers.

She said it is up to individual police agencies to announce whether or not they are participating.