Fact Sheet: Homeland Security Agencies Protect Political Conventions

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 22, 2008

News release: “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designates certain major events – including the national conventions and the presidential inauguration – as National Special Security Events (NSSEs). The U.S. Secret Service is designated as the lead agency with unified command representation from participating federal, state, and local agencies with NSSE responsibilities. Federal resources are deployed to an NSSE to maintain the level of security needed for the event and area. A number of factors are taken into consideration when designating an event as an NSSE, including anticipated attendance by dignitaries and the size and significance of the event.”

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