South Florida police work crowd control in DC

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:29:45 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 07:49:28 PM EST

Police officers from South Florida were on crowd control duty during Inauguration Day.

WASHINGTON -

Police officers from South Florida were on crowd control duty during Inauguration Day.

One-hundred and twenty officers from the Cities of Miami and Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County Police Departments were in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

"It's like an 18-hour day for us, but it's an honor to be here, representing South Florida, and also we're taking in this great event, an America tradition," said Miami Beach Deputy Police Chief Mark Overton.

Some of the officers have specific training fit for crowd control.

"Our department specifically has a rapid response force, and they came down here because of the heightened training that they have and the more disciplined group that they are," said Miami-Dade Police Lt. David Calzadilla

"You can feel the energy in the crowd and everybody is happy to be here," said Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Ricardo Toledo.

"Everybody is so friendly. I mean, any questions you may have, anything, everybody's willing to help," said Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Jannene Howe.

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