Photo/Story Gallery 2005

Troopers Become U.S. Marshals

Florida Troopers on the steps of the CapitolThe Florida Highway Patrol was invited by the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Police Department to assist with security for the 55th Presidential Inauguration.  Forty Florida Highway Patrol troopers traveled on a chartered bus to Washington D.C. on January 18th, 2005, for the prestigious event.  On January 19th, the troopers were sworn in as United States Marshals, along with 3,032 fellow police officers from 67 different police agencies.

The special rank designation only lasted as long as the deployment, but it was a great honor nonetheless. In addition to our own troopers representing Florida, troopers came from Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  During the swearing in ceremony a snowstorm hit, blanketing the entire area with three inches of snow.  It’s official, snow and Florida troopers don’t mix too well!

Florida Troopers with Troopers from other states. Florida Troopers at their post during the InaugurationOn January 20th, the detail started at 8:00 AM with deployment on the parade route.  Before heading out, a group picture was taken on the steps of the National Archives Building.  Our assignment was to secure the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue between the 600 and 700 blocks.

The picture shows our Troopers in full gear with the Capitol in the background.  The detail was led by Lieutenants Bill Ferrell and John Bagnardi, pictured with Washington D.C. liaison Lt. Paul Charity.  After completing the assignment and thawing out, our troopers returned to sunny Florida the next day.

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Troopers on the bus bound for Washington The bus bound for Washington. Troopers gathering in the hotel lobby for rollcall Troopers gathering in the hotel lobby. Troopers signing roll in hotel lobby Close-up of 3 troopers in the hotel lobby. More troopers gathering in the hotel lobby. 2 Florida troopers with Metro Washington D.C. Police liason. Multiple state and municipal troopers at Georgetown University waiting to be deputized. Florida troopers at Georgetown University waiting to be deputized. photo of another view of Florida troopers at Georgetown University waiting to be deputized. Multiple state and municipal troopers at Georgetown University being deputized as U.S. Marshals. Florida troopers getting sworn in as U.S. Marshals. Florida trooper with 2 troopers from another state. 2 Florida troopers with troopers from Georgia and Texas. A Florida trooper and a Texas trooper. A Florida trooper with a Rhode Island trooper. Florida trooper meets up with Florida policemen from Miami. 2 Florida troopers with a Macon policeman. 2 Florida troopers with a Rhode Island trooper. 2 Florida troopers with trooper from another state. 2 Florida troopers with a Ohio trooper. 2 Florida troopers with 2 Maryland troopers. 2 Florida troopers with 2 officers from CPD Florida trooper with 2 Kentucky troopers. Florida trooper surrounded by Kentucky troopers. Another Florida trooper with 3 Kentucky troopers.  Florida troopers braving the Washington snow for a photo. More Florida troopers braving the Washington snow for a photo. A Florida trooper braves the snow to join a couple of Pennsylvania troopers with their vehicle. 2 troopers on Pennsylvania Avenue with the White House in the background. Florida troopers on the steps of the National Archive building. Troopers in formation, holding the line on Pennsylvania Ave. Troopers in formation, holding the line in front of the Federal Trade Commission building. Close-up of trooper bidding farewell on the last night. Close-up of trooper bidding farewell on the last night after duty is done. Troopers bidding farewell on the last night when all is done. Florida troopers investigating the Hilton Hotel entrance. Florida troopers on the bus bound for home. The troopers back at the Academy turning in equipment and completing paperwork.