LANSING, MI – In response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from the City of Cleveland for law enforcement assistance, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is deploying over 100 uniform personnel to assist with security and crowd management at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Through EMAC, states can request and receive assistance from other states. All costs associated with deploying resources under EMAC are reimbursed.
The MSP contingent will leave Michigan for Cleveland on July 16 for a seven-day deployment. Capt. David Roesler, Commander of the MSP Sixth District, has been selected to lead the mobilization, which consists of MSP enlisted members from across the state.
In addition to the uniform troopers who will primarily be used for security and crowd management outside the convention center, the MSP is also fulfilling a request for motorcycle officers for vehicle escorts and motorcades.
“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. “We have planned our mobilization to ensure we leave adequate staffing here in our state; Michiganders should see no change in service levels as a result of this deployment.”
Since joining EMAC in 2002, Michigan has sent resources out-of-state several times, including response efforts for Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005, severe flooding in Minnesota in 2009, Hurricane Irene in New York in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey in 2012.