LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The Michigan State Police will be providing security at the upcoming Republican National Convention.
The city of Cleveland as asked for more than 100 uniformed officers to help with security and crowd management.
The request comes through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, an agreement that gives states the opportunity to ask for assistance from other states. All costs are paid by the EMAC.
The group from MSP will be in Cleveland for one week beginning July 16. “I am proud our department is able to fulfill this request for trained and experienced state troopers capable of professionally handling crowd management and security at such a high-profile event,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the MSP.
Troopers will be primarily in place for security and crowd management but some motorcycle officers will also provide vehicle escorts during motorcades.
This is not the first time Michigan has provided resources for out-of-state events. Since 2002 MSP has traveled to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, flooding in Minnesota in 2009, Hurricane Irene in New York in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey in 2012.