The U.S. capital is a metropolitan region like no other. For the average American, Washington, D.C., houses the infrastructures sustaining the federal government, and the city represents one of the most revered symbols of national power. Though the city has been the center stage of much of American history, the district government is also, like metropolitan regions throughout the country, immensely preoccupied with providing adequate services, including public safety.

This means that while different federal agencies attempt to protect elected officials from terrorism and ...

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