BELOIT — Law enforcement officers from Beloit and Janesville police departments as well as the Rock County Sheriff’s Office could be providing security at the upcoming Democrat National Convention in Milwaukee.
The Beloit City Council is scheduled to vote on sending Beloit police officers to the convention at its meeting Monday.
The convention is scheduled for July 13 to 16, with security being led by the Milwaukee Police Department and Secret Service.
Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski said it was “typical” to offer assistance during significant events that require additional resources.
“The Beloit Police Department is trained and equipped to assist in events like this, and is ready to join other Rock County agencies in support of the Milwaukee Police Department,” Zibolski said.
Rock County Sheriff Troy Knudson said nine members of the sheriff’s office will be sent to Milwaukee, and Janesville Police Chief David Moore added his figure was about the same.
Moore highlighted his department’s success in coordinating joint, high security events including visits by then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and by Vice President Mike Pence in 2017.
“It’s the nature of law enforcement in Wisconsin and across the country to assist one another when there are big events,” Moore said.
The effort started after the departments received word from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and Milwaukee Police Department asking for assistance.
“We recognized it’s going to require lots of law enforcement resources,” Knudson said. “On a regular basis law enforcement help each other out and we are happy to help Milwaukee knowing in the past that they have helped us.”
Costs will be covered by the city of Milwaukee thanks to a $100 million federal grant that takes care of personnel costs for municipalities that respond in convention cities.
About 4,000 officers will be assigned to the convention.
The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday for agenda review at Beloit City Hall, followed by the regular 7 p.m. meeting in the City Hall Forum.