Update on State of the Union Security Preparations

In advance of this evening’s State of the Union address by President Biden, I wanted to update Ward 6 residents on ongoing security preparation and restrictions.

In the past weeks, I’ve been in repeated contact with MPD Chief Contee, Director of DC Homeland Security Rodriquez, and our federal partners. At this point, you may have noticed an increase in visible deployment of law enforcement and unarmed DC National Guard members. And I’m certain many Ward 6 neighbors have noted the return of the fencing around the US Capitol. I’ve been in contact with US Capitol Police Chief Manger and have received assurances that the fence could come down as soon as Wednesday, pending any developments and ongoing reviews of potential threats.
We are monitoring the supposed trucker convoy, which is not anticipated to arrive in the District today. The city has prepared plans to avoid disruptions like seen in Ottawa, Canada, but you can likely expect to see some deployments around the Capitol and downtown (as well as near highway and interstate exits) of MPD and USCP for the next several days. I’ve spoken with law enforcement leaders about ensuring plans include working to reduce or stop any impacts felt in the surrounding neighborhoods as well.
Here are road closures that will be in effect beginning today at 5:30 pm: https://www.uscp.gov/.../road-closures-state-union-address
The Mayor also held a press conference yesterday to provide an update on preparations, which you can review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJgBr4pcLaE
Finally, if you would like to receive text message alerts on any immediate security posture changes, sign up for AlertDC, which is managed by DC’s Homeland Security team: https://hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc
Charles Allen

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