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Homeland Security Seeks Riot Gear for Party Conventions

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July 30 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking riot gear for the presidential conventions and inauguration, according to a federal government website.

The agency wants to buy about 150 sets of riot helmets and protective gear for the upper body, forearm, shin, thigh and groin, according to a solicitation posted Wednesday on a federal government website. No cost estimate was provided for the gear, which includes carry bags and gloves.

The successful bidder must be able to deliver the equipment within 15 days from the award of the contract, according to the online notice. The department said it wanted products similar to those made by companies such as Costa Mesa, California-based Ceradyne Inc. and Safariland LLC, which has headquarters in Ontario, California, and Jacksonville, Florida.

“This gear is routinely acquired, and replaced as needed, and used in any number of situations around the country,” Marsha Catron, a Homeland Security spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

The equipment is being purchased for the Federal Protective Service, which provides protection for special events in addition to its mission of guarding federal property.

Separately, Democrats will receive a $50 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to defray police costs for their Sept. 4-6 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Republicans will get the same amount for their four-day convention in Tampa, Florida, that begins Aug. 27.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kathleen Miller in Washington at Kmiller01@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephanie Stoughton at sstoughton@bloomberg.net

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