Clearwater police officers have been selected to help with security during the events surrounding the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., in January.
A lieutenant, four sergeants and 10 officers will be sworn in as special marshals, acting as members of the Presidential Inauguration Task Force. The city of Clearwater will be reimbursed for their salaries as temporary federal employees, said Elizabeth Watts, Clearwater police spokeswoman.
Chief Anthony Holloway learned about the program when he was chief in Somerville, Mass., and was able to send several officers to the event. The Clearwater department applied to the program and was accepted.
Taking part in the inauguration are:
The officers were selected based on their training, skills, performance, seniority, availability and other issues.
Several alternates are ready in case one of the named officers cannot attend.
This year's presidential inauguration will be Jan. 21, a Monday, because the regular inauguration day of Jan. 20 falls on a Sunday.