Members of a new police force in Washington, D.C. graduated in a ceremony there on?
GV Ext. Government building
GV Int. recruits and families seated - names of qualified recruits read out (3 shots)
CU Diplomas and service hat on desk
SV Recruits receive Diplomas and congratulated
SV Audience applaud
GV Embassy buildings (2 shots)
GV TILT DOWN ext. Embassy
SV EPS policeman on guard
SV EPS policeman guards another embassy
LV White House
SV EPS guard at gate
GV Visitors walk round grounds and through guarded gate (2 shots)
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Background: Members of a new police force in Washington, D.C. graduated in a ceremony there on Friday (21 August). The new police force, called the Executive Protective Service (EPS), has ben formed to guard the 123 embassies and chanceries in the American capital, a city with one of the highest crime rates in the United States, The EPS will also be on call to protect foreign diplomats and visiting dignitaries.
Friday's ceremony enabled the second group of recruits since the EPS was formed a few months ago to go on duty. The new force, comprised of a nucleus of 250 men from the old White House Police -- whose job it was to guard the Executive Mansion -- will eventually have a strength of about 800 men.
Among the first places the new force went on duty was the Soviet Embassy.
The protective service was created in response to demands from at least 50 countries for better security for their representatives working in Washington. In recent years, diplomats have been among the victims of robberies and street attacks, and in the past months, there has been an increase in political attacks against foreign missions in the capital.
The EPS will still guard the White House, but the changing of the name of the force was explained as an effort to avoid any suggestion that the White House or the President was personally involved in any situations that might develop.