Secretary of the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, is now receiving protection from the U.S. Marshals Service, according to a spokesman with the agency.
The added protection follows a Feb. 10 incident in which Sec. DeVos was blocked from visiting a Washington, D.C., school by protesters organized by teachers’ unions and other outside groups. The Service’s security detail for the secretary began on Monday, Feb. 13.
DeVos was at Jefferson Middle School for an informal visit when several demonstrators denied her entry; DeVos later returned and entered the building for a visit. Although the protest was largely peaceful, one protester was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer.
Ms. DeVos was assisted by Education Department security personnel at the time of her visit to Jefferson School.
An unusual security arrangement, the Marshals Service is a law-enforcement agency typically responsible for the transfer of federal prisoners, administrating the Witness Protection Program, serving federal arrest warrants, managing seized assets from from crime organs and arresting fugitives.
Additionally, the Marshals Service does routinely provide protection for members of the federal bench.
While the Department of Education maintains its own security detail for department personnel, the Marshals Service has provided security for one ex-government employee, a former director of the Office of National Drug Policy.
A spokesperson for the Marshals Service, Lynzey Donahue, did not elaborate on details of the new security plan for DeVos, declined to say how long the Secretary would receive protection from the agency and did not reveal if the incident at the Washington school contributed to the decision to expand the secretary’s security detail.
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