Following the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, I want to commend the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the thousands of other state, local and federal law enforcement personnel for their excellent work in ensuring the peaceful transition of power – a cornerstone of our great democracy.
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Safeguarding the holiday season. A U.S. Secret Service agent protects President Obama and the First Family during the National Christmas Tree lighting at President’s Park in Washington, D.C.
Again, our thanks go to the thousands of law enforcement and homeland security personnel who contributed to the security of the Democratic National Convention.
Securing the Democratic National Convention. Secretary Johnson and senior DHS leadership traveled to Philadelphia today to inspect security operations and contingency planning. Just hours after executing an outstanding security plan for the RNC in Cleveland, the Secret Service is ramping up operations for a second National Security Special Event.
In addition to inspecting convention security in Cleveland last Friday and Philadelphia later this week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson receives daily intelligence and operational briefings from U.S. Secret Service Director Joe Clancy and his team, who are on the ground in Cleveland. DHS personnel apprise the Secretary of the latest developments concerning the security situation at both conventions.
During National Police Week, DHS employees had the opportunity to honor all law enforcement officers who serve our country, our communities, and our citizens.
Yesterday, while football fans tuned in to see the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers take the field, dozens of components with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – both seen and unseen – proudly worked to make sure that Super Bowl 50 was a safe and enjoyable experience for players, employees, and fans alike.
On February 3, 2016, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with local law enforcement officials and the National Football League (NFL) security team to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) security operations that will help ensure the safety and security of employees, players and fans during Super Bowl 50.
Now that the Inspector General’s investigation has concluded we will proceed expeditiously in determining accountability for those who violated any laws or policies of this Department. In light of the matters reflected in the report and addendum, and in order to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest, the Director of the Secret Service and I both agree that all decisions concerning accountability for these matters will be made by me. I plan to make these decisions in the coming weeks.