Back in early 1965, these Capitol Police officers were preparing for a big day’s work: the inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson. Stands being built for the ceremony are seen in the background behind (left to right) Officers Ralph Scalzo, Albert Samuels, Paul Singleton and an unidentified officer. Samuels, seated in the squad car, joined the Capitol Police in 1948, shortly after being honorably discharged from the Army. He served as a Capitol Police officer for more than 35 years, retiring in 1984 with the rank of lieutenant.
With another presidential inauguration just less than six months away, the Capitol will soon undergo a transformation to serve as the stage for that event. And a new generation of Capitol Police officers will once again be getting ready for a big day’s work.