Convention cops: SPPD releases list of departments sending officers to RNC

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This afternoon the St. Paul Police Department released names and numbers regarding the Minnesota police agencies that will send cops to St. Paul to patrol during the Republican National Convention. (The timing of the release was prompted in part by yesterday’s Minnesota Independent story; details inside Paul Demko’s story.)

For now, here’s the release itself, sent along by Tom Walsh of SPPD. The most salient number, by far: 1,819 officers signed, sealed and delivered through joint powers agreements (JPAs), even though Walsh’s number at bottom (2,937) is much larger. Officials think they need a total force of 3,000-plus.

SPPD news release:

July 18, 2008

Joint Powers Agreement

The City of Saint Paul, as the lead local agency for security for the upcoming Republican National Convention, has been contacting local law enforcement agencies to provide staff for that event. Approximately 3000 officers will be used. It was determined early on that the best way to schedule, provide indemnification, and to reimburse agencies for their officer’s time was to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement.

The following are agencies with whom the City of Saint Paul has entered into Joint Powers Agreements.

Agency/Number of Officers

Aitkin 2

Anoka Co 49

Apple Valley 10

Bayport 3

Blaine 6

Bloomington 75

Crystal 10

Edina 25

Hennepin Co 300

Maple Grove 22

Maplewood 38

Minnetonka 8

Minnetrista 4

Moundsview 13

New Brighton 16

Plymouth 17

Richfield 21

Sherburne Co 19

St Anthony 5

St. Paul 500

State of Minnesota State Patrol 270

BCA 30

DNR 150

DOC 150

Stillwater 10

West St. Paul 3

White Bear Lake 13

Minn Gang Strike Force 40

[Total] 1819

IN PROCESS

Mpls 550

Ramsey Co 140

Stearns Co 33

Olmstead Co 25

Duluth 21

Washington Co 29

Maple Grove 22

Dakota Co 15

[Total] 835

In addition there are letters of commitment from an additional 20 agencies totaling an additional 166 officers In addition there are some 117 officers that have been pledged under the existing mutual aid agreement with more each day. Those numbers total 2937 officers as of today.