SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Jorge Santana is in awe at the level of security at the Capitol ahead of the presidential inauguration. The Capitol building is now surrounded by fencing and there is an abundance of officers standing guard.
The added protection brings him relief.READ MORE: Northstate University Graduates Excited For First In-Person Ceremony At Golden 1 Center Since Pandemic Began
“I think we learned a bad lesson from Washington DC,” he said.
The California Highway Patrol is the lead at keeping capitol grounds safe and the national guard is assisting ahead of next week.
The Sacramento Police Department is in charge of keeping the rest of downtown safe.
The department has already initiated a mutual aid request. The Woodland Police Department is helping with protection.READ MORE: Newsom: Some State Workers Will Not Return To Downtown Sacramento Offices
“We were asked for aid in two areas for riot control and for building security,” said Sergeant Victoria Danzl.
For safety and security reasons specific details aren’t being shared regarding deployment.
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“I feel that it is strong in spite of what’s going on out here,” said Millie Moreno who lives downtown.