Public Safety Secretary thanks state public safety team

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker visits Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen at their staging site in Washington, D.C. Jan. 20 as they prepared to support the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

To The State Public Safety Team:

Congratulations to all on a job well done.

I know that a great deal of time, energy and resources went into the Inauguration – preparing operations plans, executing the mission, and bringing everyone home safely. We truly appreciate the tremendous job done representing the Commonwealth. The professionalism and commitment demonstrated by Virginia’s public safety personnel was exceptional. I greatly appreciate the time and effort expended to train and direct your teams in a way that made things run so smoothly.

Virginia is unique in the role we are called upon to play when national events occur. As I saw first-hand this weekend, like I have seen time and time again, our State Police, National Guard, Emergency Management and Fire Programs teams are superbly qualified to serve both Virginia and the United States when they are called to do so. You really are an example to all.

Your dedication and hard work are a true service to the Commonwealth. Please pass along this message to those involved in the Inauguration of President Obama.

Marla Decker
Virginia Secretary of Public Safety