CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Security is a key component in advance planning for a political convention. Much of that involves buying equipment and vehicles for police, body armor, bikes and much more.
Video from Tampa's GOP convention four years ago demonstrates surveillance cameras are critical as well.
A man was captured after a mugging because he was caught on one of 80 high-resolution surveillance cameras deployed for the convention. His picture was later circulated by police, which led to his arrest.
In Charlotte, the police department monitored 500 cameras from a new $1.7 million command center. It was completed months and months before the Democratic convention.
There are surveillance cameras at many locations downtown, but we also found a gap in a web of cameras operated by ODOT. It's a highway camera system.
"The system is designed to help us manage traffic," ODOT's Amanda McFarland said. And it does that well. Go to the web, click on any of 85 cameras and bingo, you can view what traffic is like. But there is a real shortage of cameras on I-77 both north and south of I-480.
Included in the area is Rockside Road at I-77, where the largest concentration of convention visitors will stay, eat and play outside of downtown. "A few short years after the project was completed it was realized that there was a need in that area," McFarland said.
ODOT has plans to catch up with explosive growth on Rockside, but the cameras take months, if not years to plan and install. Back to the city -- we can only guess if it is camera ready. A study called Charlotte's camera use as paramount to it's success handling the DNC.
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