INDIANAPOLIS – About 600 Indiana National Guard soldiers are being sent to Washington, D.C., to help with security for next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
State officials said Wednesday they were also monitoring possible armed protests but didn’t yet have any threats of violence at Indiana locations.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said he had authorized 625 Guard soldiers going to Washington from Saturday until two days after Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration. Up to 15,000 Guard troops are expected to be on duty in coming days in Washington as authorities are concerned about threats of violence following the insurrection at the Capitol last week.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said he would not discuss details of security measures but that the department was making preparations with other agencies, including the National Guard and Indianapolis police.
“But as of right now, we do not have any direct information associated with events that could occur in Indiana but you know that could change in the next 60 seconds,” Carter said.