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Police Roll Call Inspection at the White House (1902)

Library of Congress

The President of the United States encounters many people, and not all those individuals have good intentions. Politics can create a hostile environment for the president's work and private life. Above all, the first family needs to feel safe in their home, the White House. Over the centuries, security measures at the Executive Mansion have drastically increased. Learn about the history of White House security including the creation of the Secret Service and protective structures built around the mansion.