Michigan State Police troopers to assist with security at GOP convention

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 09:30:19-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — More than 100 state police troopers from Michigan will be heading to Ohio to help with security for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The officers were requested under an agreement that allows states to ask for help from other states.

The Michigan State Police contingent will leave Michigan on July 16 and spend seven days in Cleveland. Troopers are expected to help with security and crowd management outside the convention. Some will be on motorcycles for escorting vehicles.

“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 in a press release. “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.”

The team is being led by Michigan State Police Captain David Roesler. He commands the agency’s Sixth District, which covers part of western Michigan.

According to MSP, troopers have been deployed 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.