Denver’s Democratic Convention Shopping List Tops $10M

City officials in the Mile High City have already approved nearly $10 million in specific security purchases for the Democratic National Convention in August.

The merchandise wish list can be found below the fold.The Denver City Council has approved $5 million for the following items:

Heavy rescue vehicle

Hazardous materials response vehicle

Urban search and rescue unit

Unified incident command post

This week the City Council’s safety committee also authorized $3.4 million for the following items:

Worker’s compensation and insurance for law enforcement — $1.9 Million

1 SWAT vehicle — $200,000

Communication equipment — estimated $300,000

Interagency communication system — $650,000

Amplification system — estimated $385,000

Congress has appropriated a total of $50 million in federal funds to pay for security at the convention, set for Aug. 25-28.

Specific expenditures for equipment over $50,000 and contracts over $500,000 must be approved by the City Council as a whole, while purchases under those amounts can be designated by the committee and law enforcement officials through the city’s regular procurement process.

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