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Vice President Pence Stops in Bethesda

Police briefly blocked traffic in downtown Bethesda for his motorcade

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Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade exits the Bethesda Hyatt Wednesday morning. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a crime reduction conference at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda Wednesday morning.

Pence was scheduled to speak from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety that was taking place at the hotel. A Montgomery County police officer confirmed around 10:20 a.m. that it was Pence’s motorcade leaving the hotel surrounded by police motorcycles and security vehicles.

Pence was introduced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to the program for the event. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Bethesda resident, spoke at the event yesterday, according to the program.

There was heavy security outside the hotel Wednesday including police officers stationed at entrances and a bomb-sniffing dog checking vehicles as they entered the hotel’s underground garage. Officers could also be seen inside the hotel's lobby, including one with a K9-unit.

A police officer escorts a dog around vehicles entering the building's garage. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Pence’s motorcade left the building from the back entrance near the Bethesda Metro station garage. Montgomery County police closed Montgomery Lane and Wisconsin Avenue to allow the motorcade to travel south back to Washington, D.C.

The conference began on Monday at the hotel and features discussions from law enforcement leaders and academics about trends in opioid abuse, homicide investigations, youth violence and gangs such as MS-13. The conference ends Wednesday afternoon.

A Montgomery County police officer travels down a sidewalk before closing Montgomery Lane to allow the motorcade to exit the hotel. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Motorcycle officers head toward Wisconsin Avenue in advance of the motorcade.

The motorcade traveling up Montgomery Lane after exiting the hotel. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

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