CLEVELAND, OH (WKBN) – Cleveland has been preparing a year for the Republican National Convention, and some of those preparations include devising a security plan.
City officials visited every city that held a convention over the last 12 years before coming up with its own plan, including ways to deal with anti-Donald Trump protestors that are expected to be at the event.
“When you see political disruptions at campaign events, things of that nature, a lot of that is planned a week in advance, maybe days in advance. We’ve been here for a year planning for this,” said Dave O’Neil, RNC deputy press secretary.
Extra security is expected outside of the Quicken Loans Arena. Protestors have a march route, which brings them close to the arena so their voices can be heard.
The FBI has already prepared and talked with local activists about their plans. Cleveland is using 500 local police plus 2,50 others from around the state and U.S. to make sure demonstrations remain peaceful.
“I hope that it’s conducted peacefully. I think the majority of Trump protestors have been peaceful, so I’m just hoping it remains a safe environment,” said John Steppe.
Cleveland is also using a $50 million grant for security and is getting help from the Secret Service. Its security plan includes fire and rescue planning, as well as medical services.
Flights in to Cleveland during the RNC will go through extra security protocol.
The city had some experience in handling large crowds when an estimated 1.3 million people crowded the area to celebrate the championship win by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I think Cleveland is too happy from the championship game to have a problem. I think everything is going to go well for everybody,” said Doug Siloy.
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