Akron police to assist Cleveland with security during Republican National Convention

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Akron Police Department has confirmed it will assist the city of Cleveland with security during the Republican National Convention. 

Akron City Council Monday approved providing the assistance, with plans to use around 30 officers.

The Republican National Convention officially begins July 18.

The city of Cleveland issued the following statement regarding Akron's role:

"At this time the city not discussing security matters. The City of Cleveland is excited to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Working with our federal, state and local security as well as our business partners we look forward to a successful convention.  We will not discuss operational security matters. As a Community, however, we look forward to showcasing our great City and to providing a safe environment for all those who live, work, and are visiting our City."

City leaders have said that Cleveland could bring in up to 5,000 outside officers to help with security during convention week.

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In Ohio, Columbus and Dayton police said they’ll send officers, but Toledo and Youngstown will not. Cincinnati did not respond to multiple inquiries.

The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department will send officers, but Ashtabula County will not. So far, Geauga County has no plans to do it, and Parma is undecided.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is also expected to play a large role in the convention security.

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