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LMPD officers prepare for Inauguration Day security detail in Washington, DC

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LMPD Lt. Gary Burman LMPD Lt. Gary Burman
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Since the days following "the hanging chad," LMPD has made it a mission to make sure the incoming leader of the free world is safe. 

"You just want to be part of it," Lt. Gary Burman said.

He and may of his colleagues have seen George W. Bush and Barack Obama minutes into their terms. On Friday, he'll see Donald Trump just after becoming the 45th President of the United States. 

"I think a lot of people go up there just because of the history of it," Lt. Burman said.

But history is a side note for him and 45 other Louisville Metro Police officers who will monitor the parade route. This year, they'll line the block in front of FBI headquarters.

"We'll be observant of the crowd, for anyone who may have a weapon or anything like that," Lt. Burman said.

If any issues pop up, they'll jump into action.

"We'll have federal arrest powers if needed," he said.

Police in the nation's capital consider this year's inauguration to be one of their biggest challenges yet.

"There is more security this time because of the protests," Lt. Burman said.

Men and women from LMPD are ready with their itinerary and orders set.

"It's a tough day. You're talking about about a 16-18 hour day where you're anticipating a 2:30 a.m. roll call," Lt. Burman said.

The officers will leave for the nation's capital on Wednesday. KSP is also sending officers, but won't say how many, citing security concerns.

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