Police Snipers 2016 Republican National Convention

This summer, the city of Cleveland, Ohio hosted the 2016 Republican National Convention. Most of the major party players were in attendance, as were members of the national and international media. Followed closely behind by various opposition groups.

Bottom line: these kinds of events are a complete handful for the federal and state law enforcement groups. Combine these elements, with high profile VIPs; restricted areas and access; the war on terror; and stretch the event logistically over 5 days It’s a huge pain in everyone’s ass.

Police Sniper's Position. Note the range data graffiti .

Police Sniper’s Position. Note the range data graffiti .

Now…think about a single position of sniper coverage over that period of time. In some locations 24 hours a day. We’re talking about more than a single 8 hour shift and one officer. Consider multiple officers who need daily breaks, sleep, food, pre-breifs, bathroom runs, etc, etc. etc.

What good does it do the other snipers who cycle through your position if your range and dope data is in a book, next to your rifle, back at the hotel, while you try to grab 6 hours of z’s? Or what if a sniper who is slotted to work position X the entire event, suddenly gets asked to cover position Y because someone got heatstroke?

Police Sniper's Rifle: Blaser Tactical 2 in 308

Police Sniper’s Rifle: Blaser Tactical 2 in 308

Having some easily deciphered graffiti-dope might come in handy? Under stress? 5 minutes after you man a strange post. Without the luxury of 8 monotonous hours of fiddling with your laser range finder, ballistic app and MIL-reticle?

Police Sniper. 5 Long Days.

Police Sniper. 5 Long Days.

It’s ain’t Hollywood but Hollywood ain’t real. Interesting pictures none the less.



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  • Gary Tompkins

    Sometimes it nice to share your data. At events like that my hope is that they can all stay bored and uneventful.

  • Mikial

    Snipers are an integral component of event security. I’ve done everything from the security of the Medger Evers 50th Anniversary Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery attended by Bill Clinton and Eric Holder to the dedication of the Bost Airfield in Helmand Province,

    I’ve never seen a more uptight security team than the FBI team protecting Holder. they knew he was unpopular. But the really memorable event was the Bost Airfield. The teams from the two PSCs were both very good and the snipers deployed on top of the buildings and sat there in 120 degree heat for at least 6 hours. The ANP and NDS provided perimeter security for the event, but it was the expat security teams who were the last line of defense in the event of an incident and they stood fast for an entire afternoon of 100+ degree heat.

    • Cool pic!

      As for Holder, I have never heard a peep out of his security detail. Wonder if there were credible threats not disclosed?


      • Mikial

        Always a possibility, it was a pretty high profile event in an environment that was virtually impossible to control adequately from a security perspective.