UPDATED: Arlington County Prepares for 59th Presidential Inauguration

Published on January 14, 2021

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UPDATE (1/16/21) — The Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police announced they will support the United States Secret Service Joint Transportation Plan, which calls for several bridge and road closures from Virginia into Washington, D.C. beginning 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 19 through 6 a.m., Thursday, January 21. Arlington County Police and local law enforcement agencies will assist with the closures as part of the multi-agency, inaugural security efforts.

PLANNED CLOSURES: Virginia Interstate and Bridge Closures in Advance of Presidential Inauguration Please Note: These closures are subject to change.

Motorists are urged to plan ahead, avoid the area, and use alternate routes during this time. Those traveling in the area of the planned closures can expect significant delays.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 59th Inauguration of the President of the United States will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. The safety and security of the residents, visitors and businesses of the National Capital Region remains our top priority. The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) will deploy increased police resources in Arlington County, to include both visible and non-visible assets, leading up to and during Inauguration Day. ACPD remains in contact with our law enforcement partners in the region and is prepared to provide assistance and resources as needed.

Arlington County Government Office and Facilities will be closed on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in observance of Inauguration Day. As this is an evolving special event, any additional pertinent information related to Arlington County will be added to the holiday schedule webpage.

Police Readiness


ACPD's Homeland Security Section collaborates with local, state and federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies on information sharing and compiling intelligence data. The Section also assigns officers to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (National Capital Region), so that Arlington remains informed and connected with our regional law enforcement partners. At this time, there are no known threats to Arlington County.

The Important Role the Community Plays


Efforts to address crime and threats in our community are most effective when they involve strong collaboration and partnerships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. ACPD encourages members of the public to remain attentive, particularly in areas where crowds of people typically gather such as shopping centers, restaurant districts, religious services, and public transportation hubs to name a few. While we share everyday moments with our neighbors, family, coworkers, and friends, we all have routines that are uniquely our own making you most well-acquainted with what actions and behaviors may be suspicious in your neighborhood and community.

Identifying Suspicious Activity and Unusual Actions


Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation are not suspicious. The public should report only suspicious actions, behaviors and situations rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.

RELATED: Factors to consider when reporting suspicious activity

Report Suspicious Activity and Unusual Actions


If you See Something, Say Something® and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Suspicious activity, unusual actions and the presence of unattended bags, packages and items that cannot be immediately associated with their owner should be reported to police for investigation by calling the Emergency Communication Center at 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency. Tips can also be reported online using the Homeland Security Tip Form.

RELATED: Recognize the signs of suspicious activity

Stay Informed


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