Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet July 14, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security
Partners With State and Locals to Protect Democratic National Convention
Homeland Security Allocating Numerous
Department Resources to Ensure Strengthened Security for National Special
On May 27, 2003, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced
that the Democratic National Convention will be designated a National Special
Security Event (NSSE) establishing the U.S. Secret Service, now part of
the Department of Homeland Security, as the lead federal agency in charge
of the design and implementation of the operational security plan.
Over the course of the past year, numerous federal, state and local agencies
have worked together to put in place an unprecedented level of security
for the political convention. Working in partnership with state and
local organizations, the Department of Homeland Security has invested substantial
resources and numerous personnel to ensure a safe and secure event for
the Boston community and all delegates attending the convention.
United States Secret Service (USSS)
The U.S. Secret Service conducted comprehensive security assessments of
all primary convention venues as well as hotels, hospitals, airports and
other sites related to the convention.
U.S. Secret Service coordinated multiple interagency training exercises
and tested operational security plans to verify command and control protocols
For security reasons, specific methods of protection and preparation are
not revealed; however, there is a tremendous amount of advance planning
and coordination in the areas of venue, protection, airspace security,
communication, emergency equipment, credentialing and training. Secret
Service began developing the security plan for the Democratic National
Convention in June 2003.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
ICE Federal Protective Service (FPS) will deploy approximately 200 personnel
to the Democratic National Convention to ensure public safety and continuity
of operations at federal facilities within the Boston area. This
deployment will also include Explosive Detector Dog teams, WMD/HAZMAT technicians,
intelligence and undercover agents, uniformed officers, bicycle and motorcycle
officers, and emergency response teams.
ICE FPS will provide two Mobile Command Vehicles (MCV) to serve as highly
advanced communication centers for multiple law enforcement agencies. Each
MCV is equipped with the capacity to operate as primary or backup radio
base stations for all levels of law enforcement, monitor video cameras
from U.S. government facilities, retrieve different types of closed circuit
video signals and receive real-time aircraft video feeds.
ICE Office of Investigations will deploy a large number of Special Agents
to the Democratic National Convention to support different security units
assisting with convention activities and operations.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is the lead agency responsible for consequence management for all
National Special Security Events and will be in charge of providing emergency
management coordination and any needed response and recovery assets.
FEMA will support state and local emergency management services and first
responder units by pre-deploying more than 400 emergency personnel to serve
with Emergency Response Teams, Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, a Mobile
Emergency Response Unit and an Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.
FEMA's Regional Operations Center will function 24 hours each day and is
equipped and prepared to support the Massachusetts and Boston Emergency
Management Agencies as well as the Federal Response Plan.
U.S. Coast Guard
As the primary federal maritime law enforcement agency, Coast Guard personnel
will provide comprehensive waterside coverage on and over the water for
the Democratic National Convention coordinating closely with state, local
and other federal maritime law enforcement assets.
Numerous Coast Guard units and personnel will be involved in this event
including boat crews, law enforcement boarding teams, pilots and aircrew,
support personnel and a wide variety of Coast Guard assets.
Coast Guard helicopters will assist in security zone surveillance and enforcement
as well as air interdiction efforts.
The Coast Guard's Captain of the Port has worked closely with commercial
shipping interests and other waterway users to minimize the effects of
security zone enforcement on recreational boating, commercial fishing and
the free flow of commerce into and out of the Port of Boston.
The U.S. Coast Guard will establish a Waterside Security Unified Command
Center in Boston to manage waterside security operations.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Customs and Border Protection will provide inspectors to assist with overall
security personnel as well as operate a mobile x-ray unit to examine suspicious
packages entering a Convention facility.
Customs and Border Protection will also provide x-ray equipment to scan
commercial vehicles and delivery trucks such as food service providers
as they enter the Democratic National Convention site.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
TSA conducted security and vulnerability assessments at affected commercial,
general aviation and private airports as well as additional actions to
enhance aviation security near Democratic National Convention sites.
TSA will deploy approximately 100 personnel to sites at or near the Democratic
National Convention to ensure security and communication capability between
various modes of transportation.
DHS's Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP)
During the Democratic National Convention, the Department's Homeland Security
Operations Center (HSOC) will provide timely sharing of any threat information,
intelligence, situational awareness and operational information pertinent
to the security of the event through the Homeland Security Information
Network (HSIN). HSIN provides real-time connectivity and information
sharing among all DHS components and State and Local partners.
IAIP conducted several training courses in the Boston area to provide local
law enforcement officials with additional skills and protective measures.
Courses included Terrorism Awareness and Prevention Training for liquefied
natural gas facilities and rail transit systems, and Soft Target Awareness
Training for owners, operators, and senior staff members of stadiums and
arenas, places of worship, shopping malls, hotels and other large buildings.
IAIP is working with the state of Massachusetts Office of Public Safety
to distribute radiation detection pagers to state and local law enforcement
with operational responsibilities for the Convention. Training will be
provided to law enforcement members by Infrastructure Protection staff
preceding the event in coordination with the state homeland security adviser's
DHS Science and Technology (S&T)
In coordination with the U.S. Secret Service, S&T is deploying air
monitoring equipment to detect airborne biological pathogens during the
duration of the Democratic National Convention.
Federal, State and Local
Additional federal, state and local agencies and departments are dedicating
security resources to the Democratic National Convention including:
Boston Fire Department
Boston Emergency Management Agency
Boston Emergency Medical Support
Boston Police Department
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
City of Cambridge Fire Department
City of Cambridge Police Department
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Communications Commission
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety
Massachusetts National Guard
Massachusetts State Police
Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
U.S. Attorney’s Office
U.S. Capitol Police
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Marshall Service
U.S. Park Police
U.S. Postal Police
U.S. Secret Service