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May 12, 2003




Following a request by Governor Mitt Romney, the White House Homeland Security Council today announced that the Democratic National Convention in Boston has been designated a National Special Security Event.


Romney, who notified Boston Mayor Tom Menino of the news this morning, said that the special status paves the way for the Secret Service to take charge of all security-related issues associated with the event. As the lead agency, the Secret Service will coordinate and integrate the efforts of all law enforcement agencies involved with providing security at the convention.


The convention, which will be held from July 26-29, 2004, is expected to attract more than 35,000 visitors to Boston, including former presidents, presidential candidates, members of the media and delegates.


“I am pleased to announce that the White House has informed my Administration that the Democratic National Convention has been designated a National Special Security Event,” Romney said. “This will ensure the highest level of coordination and cooperation among all law enforcement agencies to keep the residents and visitors of our capital city safe and secure at the convention.”


“It is my priority to ensure that all of the delegates, members of the media and visitors to Boston have safe and productive visits during the convention,” Mayor Menino said. “Thanks to coordinated efforts with the Romney Administration and the federal government, we can now ensure that Boston will have the best security plans available.”



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