White House restricts access to southern fence

There, iron bicycle racks sit in front of the perimeter fence, allowing police more time to react to fence-jumpers.

The north sidewalk of the White House is already restricted around the clock; and since 2015, people haven't been able to access to the south side sidewalk between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. He was arrested before making it to the White House fence itself. In addition, the agency has announced plans to raise the height of the fence and make it "tougher, taller and stronger", as a spokeswoman put it past year.

Recent threat assessments, Casey said, have identified a range of tactics that could be used to penetrate the grounds, prompting an ongoing evaluation of current physical security and other safeguards.

The Secret Service fired two uniformed division officers who were involved in the March 10th intrusion when Jonathan Tran jumped the White House...

Beginning at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, pedestrians will be barred from the sidewalk bordering the South Lawn of the complex, the Secret Service said in a statement. She said vantage points for the throngs of tourists drawn to the location will be preserved.

The closure will "lessen the possibility of individuals illegally accessing the White House grounds", Secret Service communications director Cathy Milhoan said. "It's still there. It's just going to be pushed back a little further".

"We always try to balance the public's right to ... access to our protectees and our facilities, and we work very hard to balance that challenge with the challenge of securing an 18-acre complex", Milhoan said.

Reuters reported that the move comes after a man climbed the fence east of the building and night and was roaming the grounds for 16 minutes before being detained.

That incident prompted Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency, to resign. Milhoan said people would still be able to take photos, but just from about 25 meters back.

"From a security standpoint, it can be seen as a vulnerable area, " Milhoan said.

  • Leroy Wright