MSP officer talks about trip to help security at Republican National Convention

Posted: 8:16 AM, Jul 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-15 12:16:01Z

Tensions between protesters for and against presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump have gotten violent before. That may come to a head in Cleveland. The city has called on the Michigan State Police to send support.

"Our role will be to be out in public assisting in the area that is near the arena to make sure attendees have an easy access in and out and everyone feels comfortable and there aren't any security issues," First Lieutenant Kyle Bowman said. He and about 100 other MSP representatives will head to Cleveland on Saturday, but don't yet know the specific plan.

"Other than knowing what we're going to do, our briefing's not until we get there on Sunday," Bowman said.

There may be tension, but, when asked if he was worried, Bowman instead focused on how this is a chance to be a part of an historic election. "Just as my personal nature, I think it's a great opportunity to do something that we don't normally get to do on a day-to-day basis," Bowman said. "Just alone the interaction with the people, I'm looking forward to being able to do that."