Melania Trump will be protected by an all-female police squad when she visits Japan on Sunday.
The unit will be deployed for the first lady and other female dignitaries visiting Japan, including presidential advisor Ivanka Trump, who landed in Tokyo on Thursday.
“Typically, by providing this sort of unit, law enforcement is trying to be respectful and not too intrusive,” CNN law enforcement analyst Jonathan Wackrow said.
“They think it’s more welcoming to have an all-female crew, and it’s not uncommon.”
All-female units were also assigned to protect former first lady Michelle Obama during her visits to Asian countries. But this marks the first Time the Tokyo police department has deployed a unit without male officers, The Asahi Shimbun reported.
The unit charged with protecting the first lady was initially assembled in anticipation of the 2020 Summer Olympic games, which will be held in Tokyo, CNN reported.
It will supplement the First Lady’s secret service detail, which will remain the primary line of defense for Trump should something occur.
“Operationally, these support forces are minimal to the actual security program of the United States Secret Service,” Wackrow said. “They aren’t relied on for any emergency action.”
The unit practiced safety drills in a demonstration for media Wednesday. They opted for a sleek look, wearing black suits rather than riot gear or body armor.
“We opted for a more cultivated look to suit the occasion,” an officer in charge of the security plan said, according to The Asahi Shimbun.