While more than 60 local, national and military law enforcement agencies are helping out with security surrounding the Democratic National Convention, there’s one federal agency that may not be expected: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
According to information obtained by The Colorado Independent from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which manages the immigration agency, ICE will be providing enforcement personnel to support “safety efforts” at both the Democratic and Republican conventions:
-ICE Office of Investigations is deploying special agents, including Special Response Teams, and many government-owned vehicles, to assist its sister agencies and local emergency and law enforcement agencies with the security and safety of the conventions.
-ICE Federal Protective Service (FPS) is deploying personnel to Denver and St. Paul to ensure public safety and continuity of operations at federal facilities in the area. The FPS deployment includes K-9 explosive detection teams, uniformed officers, intelligence and undercover agents, and bicycle and motorcycle officers. Both ICE Office of Investigations and Detention and Removal Operations will also supply agents to support the overall mission at both conventions.
-FPS will position Mobile Command Vehicles (MCVs) in Denver and St. Paul to serve as force multipliers for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. MCVs are highly advanced communication centers, with the capacity to operate as primary or backup radio base stations for all levels of law enforcement, to monitor video cameras from U.S. government facilities, to retrieve other types of closed circuit video signals and to receive real-time aircraft video feeds.