In a statement, Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger stated that the fence would be built around the Capitol Building for the speech. It was being erected "out of an abundance caution" in consultation with Secret Service.
This decision comes as Washington officials prepare for trucker convoys, which are expected to protest pandemic restrictions starting this week. The Pentagon approved the deployment 700 unarmed National Guard troops to help with traffic control during possible demonstrations.
Online forums have helped to plan separate truck convoys, based on recent protests by truckers in Canada. Although many have different departure dates, starting points and routes, some will arrive in time to address the State of the Union. Other people may arrive later.
Manger stated that his force's mission to "protect the United States Congress and the Capitol as well as the legislative process is unwavering."
The Capitol's fence was a stark reminder of the fear felt by many after the mob broke through doors and windows to attack the Capitol. This happened as Congress was voting on Joe Biden’s electoral win. It was up for many months.
The U.S. Capitol Police Board approved a plan to temporarily reinstall fence for September rally that was organized in support of people still in jail in connection to the insurrection. Only a handful of incidents were reported by law enforcement officers and media members.
Manger stated that Capitol Police also sought additional assistance from other law enforcement agencies prior to Tuesday's address. This was in addition to the request from the National Guard.
Robert Contee, Chief of Metropolitan Police Department, stated that his department was closely monitoring the shifting information. He also indicated that he would be committing additional policing in an ongoing state of heightened alert for the next few weeks.