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Local expert weighs in on Capitol security for Biden inauguration

It comes after 45,000 people stormed the Capitol
File photo. Broken doors at the US Capitol after a mob took over the building during President-Elect Joe Biden's Electoral College confirmation

The heightened security happening in Washington DC is an expected outcome according to one local expert.

After 45,000 people stormed the Capitol recently, the security for President-Elect Joe Biden's inauguration is a lot more enhanced.

Scott Blandford is an Assistant Professor, Public Safety Programs Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University. 

He tells 570 NEWS if it wasn't for the storming of the Capitol, it would probably be more lax.

"I think now in retrospect, the build up that you're seeing in the Capitol is because of that lack of initial response. It seems the threat is being taken much more seriously now."

Blandford says they're now shutting down bridges and transit stations to intensify the security.

"So, what they're doing, is that they're starting at quite a distance from the Capitol building and creating these layers, these rings of security, with the largest concentration of that around the capitol building itself. So, that is all a part of the strategic planning for that."


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