Cleveland approves contracts for police gear ahead of RNC

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CLEVELAND-- The city of Cleveland took another step toward helping police prepare for the upcoming Republican National Convention on Wednesday morning.

The city's board of control approved two contracts worth a total of nearly $850,000. Those contracts are for police "personal protective equipment."

Officers have expressed concern about getting gear to handle riots and other unrest in time for police to get fitted and to train with it.

The safety director said after the contract approval, he expects all police equipment being ordered to be delivered by at least 30 days before the convention.

City officials could not immediately say what more still has to be ordered.

The RNC is now less than 100 days away.