Hundreds of Pennsylvania National Guard members will be activated ahead of Biden’s inauguration

Barriers, police added for Pennsylvania Capitol security

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania National Guard has been activated to through President-elect Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Pennsylvania Capitol Police Superintendent Joe Jacobs says they are expecting 400 National Guard members to be activated this weekend. It’s still being determined where they will be stationed. Friday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that an additional 1,000 members would be activated to assist.

Capitol Police and Pennsylvania State Police said there are no specific threats against the Harrisburg or the Capitol.

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Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the National Guard would be activated to Washington D.C.

“The unprecedented and disturbing events yesterday in our nation’s capital are cause for ongoing concern and Pennsylvania is prepared to assist as needed in securing peace and an orderly transfer of power on January 20,” Wolf said last week. “Our National Guard members will assist the D.C. National Guard and local civilian authorities as they work to keep the area surrounding the Capitol and other locations secure in the coming days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.”

“Pennsylvania Guard members are well-trained and well-prepared to assist our communities, commonwealth and country in any way they can,” Acting Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler said. “We are also very fortunate that our Guard members have extensive experience working alongside the D.C. National Guard as part of past training events and presidential inaugurations.”

Pennsylvania has the second largest National Guard in the country with approximately 19,000 members located in more than 80 armories and readiness centers statewide, according to the release.

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