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2020 DNC security team holds planning summit in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WISN) – The team in charge of protecting next summer’s Democratic National Convention — and the thousands of visitors who will attend — met in Milwaukee on Wednesday to discuss the next steps in the security plan.

The U.S. Secret Service agents in charge of convention security have been traveling around the city since May.

They’ve been learning about downtown and visiting other venues, including Miller Park.

Agents also have plans to check out the Summerfest grounds.

“We are going to consider every eventuality humanly possible,” Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas said.

State and local law enforcement are joining a team of federal agencies headed by the Secret Service.

They gathered Wednesday at the Pfister Hotel to work on that security plan.

“This is a national special security event. It’s very large in scale, size and scope,” DNC security coordinator, U.S. Secret Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Pacsi said.

He will head the Secret Service’s security team said its reach which will extend beyond Wisconsin’s borders.

Some delegates will likely be staying as far away as Chicago.

“You’re still going to be in charge of their security,” Kent Wainscott, a reporter from our Milwaukee affiliate, asked.

“We will be,” Pacsi said.

The goal, he said, is to create maximum security, with minimal impact on Milwaukee.

“There will be inconveniences with regard to those four days, those four-and-a-half days of that convention, but those inconveniences are going to go away when the convention ends,” Pacsi said.

Milwaukee police, meanwhile, will have to step up security without scaling back anywhere else.

“The city will be safe. We will be policing the city as usual, and we will have enough staffing for the calls for service, the calls for emergency,” Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said.

Lucas, who was the longtime head of security for Major League Baseball, tried to put this security effort into perspective.

“In size and scope, how will this compare with World Series, all-star games, and security surrounding those events?” Wainscott asked.

“It will, without a doubt, be the largest event that I have ever been a part of, and we put on some major events,” Lucas said.

The security perimeter for the convention has not yet been decided.

That is expected to happen in January.

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