TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — State Troopers from Kansas were asked to assist at last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland and one trooper from Topeka said it was the experience of a lifetime.
K.H.P. Troopers are part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) which allows officers in other states to get assistance in protecting the public.
“It was a pleasure to work with so many professional agencies,” Trooper Jordan Plachecki said. “We worked hand in hand with the Ohio State Troopers and I was just overwhelmed by the amount of support we had from them.”
Kansas State Troopers worked side-by-side with other federal and state troopers from all over the country.
“We had some incidents with flag burning, also just protesters in general. Everything was handled very professionally.”
Plachecki said he and other troopers did not have to restrain of the protesters or use any weapons.
“It was very well planned out with command staff and we had a great police presence there, so I felt like everything was under control and I felt safe.”
Plachecki said being at the convention was a good learning experience for him and his team.
“I think we will be able to take a lot of things we learned from the convention there and apply them here in Kansas if we ever need demonstrations like that.”
Plachecki said being part of an experience to help protect another state is something he will always appreciate as a state trooper.
This wasn’t the first time K.H.P. was sent out of state for help. Back in 2004, they were called down south to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As far as the Democratic National Convention, Trooper Plachecki says a request wasn’t made for any additional troopers in Philadelphia.