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Valley CHP officers joining security effort at Republican convention

Barriers divide Ninth Street in downtown Cleveland marking the secure zone surrounding Quicken Loans Arena, site of the July 18-21 Republican National Convention.
Barriers divide Ninth Street in downtown Cleveland marking the secure zone surrounding Quicken Loans Arena, site of the July 18-21 Republican National Convention. Associated Press

A handful of California Highway Patrol officers from the central San Joaquin Valley are part of a state contingent heading to Cleveland to help with security during the Republican National Convention.

The officers will assist Cleveland police, the Secret Service and other agencies in maintaining security during the convention, said Fran Clader, CHP director of communications. They will stay in Cleveland during the duration of the July 18-21 convention.

Ohio requested the CHP aid, Clader said. The officers are part of Special Response Teams and are trained in handling civil disturbance-type incidents. The officers were selected from across the state to ensure the deployment didn’t affect the CHP’s level of local service.

Because they are heading out of state, the officers will be sworn and deputized after they arrive in Cleveland, giving them the same powers and duties as a law enforcement officer in Ohio, Clader said.

The last time CHP officers were sworn in another state was during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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