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Homeland Security seeks riot gear for conventions

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. 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 gear is being purchased for the Federal Protective Service, which provides protection for special events in addition to its mission of guarding federal property. A department spokesman didn’t respond to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment.

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. Republicans will get the same amount for their four-day convention in Tampa, Fla., which begins Aug. 27. Bloomberg

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