Are there enough police officers to handle security for the RNC? - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Does Cleveland have enough police to handle the Republican National Convention?

Now that Cleveland has won the bid to host the Republican National Convention, we're investigating Downtown safety for a huge event like that.

Cleveland has seen spikes of violent crime, and we often hear folks complain the city needs more police.

Cleveland can expect the same help we've seen other cities get for hosting a political convention, big money from the feds and all kinds of law enforcement help.

We can expect city, county, state, and federal agencies to be involved. The Department of Justice has a 200 page blueprint to help police plan. The document outlines homeland security threats; suggesting the National Guard protect things like utilities, and the FBI monitor cyber threats.

In recent years, the Department of Justice has awarded security grants to convention cities of nearly $50 million dollars; covering equipment, officers, and more.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald told 19 Action News that the security plan will involve Cleveland Police, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff, and officers from around the state paid with federal money.

Cleveland Police and local leaders have already been meeting about security plans. They had to have one ready in order to help convince the Republican National Committee Site Selection Delegates to have it's convention here. 

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