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Inauguration 2021 Information from MPD

Good Morning Fourth District Members,


Every four years our nation celebrates and honors the peaceful transition of presidential executive powers. Historically, people from all around the world come to Washington, DC to witness and commemorate the Inauguration. While MPD typically welcomes all to participate, this year the message is different. Mayor Bowser and MPD ask that DC residents and visitors stay home and participate virtually in all Inaugural events. Residents may have already noticed the advanced security posture that has been implemented earlier than past Inaugurations. We are empathetic to any inconveniences this has caused, and will attempt to minimize disruptions. We ask for your patience and understanding at this time. Please be aware that MPD’s service to the community remains uninterrupted as we continue to provide quality and professional policing throughout the District.


On Friday, January 15, 2021, at 12:00 pm, Mayor Bowser, MPD Chief of Police Robert J. Contee III, and our local and federal partners will participate in a joint Inaugural press conference to provide relevant information and updates to impacted services. To view the event online, visit mayor.dc.gov/live. The Mayor and Chief Contee will also hold an emergency preparedness and situational call at 4:30 pm for residents. Dial 844-881-1314 to listen, RSVP here, or watch live on Channel 16.


We want you to stay informed and engaged! There are a number of ways to stay updated on current city safety precautions and procedures. Visit Inauguration.dc.gov for all compiled information related to Inauguration. The District will issue updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates, and more. To sign up, text INAUG2021 to 888-777.

We encourage community members to follow MPD on Twitter: @dcpolicedept. This is a great resource for updates and alerts for staying engaged with your police department. MPD has an ongoing Inauguration thread on Twitter and Nextdoor is another great resource for District residents. All of our press releases can be viewed on our website here.


As we are on high alert, and we ask that you do the same. MPD wants to remind you to pay special attention to your surroundings and notify the police of any suspicious activity. If you see or hear things that appear out of the ordinary, contact police.

  • To report immediate threats or emergencies, call 911

  • To report suspicious activity or behavior, call: (202) 727-9099

  • Report by using MPD’s iWATCH website: iwatchdc.org

  • Report by using MPD’s Text Tip Line at: 50411

Thank you for your support and please stay home!


Evelyn Lopez

Supervisor, Community Outreach PSN

Metropolitan Police Department

Office of Communications

300 Indiana Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001

202.724.9542 (office)

202.815.5838 (cell)

evelyn.lopez@dc.gov

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