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Expect Tight Security At Hickenlooper’s Inauguration

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The west steps of the Capitol on Monday (credit: CBS)

The west steps of the Capitol on Monday (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Reporters have been told to expect extra security at Tuesday’s inauguration of Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper. He will take the oath of office as Colorado’s 42nd governor on the west steps of the state Capitol.

Ben Davis, Inauguration Committee chair, said people shouldn’t bring anything to the inauguration that they wouldn’t take to the airport. While there is no plan for metal detectors or pat downs, security will be tight.

Workers were busy Monday setting up the stage and seating area. Only individuals who have been credentialed will be allowed in the seating area. The general public will be kept about 70 feet away from the stage.

The Inauguration Committee has been working on a detailed security plan for the last two months and Davis says the shooting in Arizona this past weekend only reinforced the need for those measures.

“The preparations we’ve made have always been with that type of a threat in mind, so it is a powerful reminder to everyone working on the security side of tomorrow’s inaugural why they’re there, what the goal is — to keep everybody safe,” Davis said.

Colorado State Patrol is in charge of security and will be bringing in law enforcement from around Colorado to help out.

Details of the security plan are not being released.

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