Cincinnati police not sending officers to Cleveland for RNC: I-Team

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CLEVELAND– Cincinnati police tell the FOX 8 I-Team they have decided against sending officers to Cleveland to help with security for the Republican National Convention.

A Cincinnati police spokesman said a former police chief initially planned to send officers here. But a new police administration there has decided against it.

Cincinnati police said they will be tied up with a convention in their city the same week as the Republican Convention here. They had questions about “indemnification” of officers helping out in Cleveland. For instance, questions about how Cleveland would cover the costs of the outside officers here including liability, housing and daily allowances.

At a news conference this week, Cleveland’s police chief admitted the city is not where it wants to be with commitments from outside agencies to build up the Convention security force. But he said his department is making progress.

The Cleveland Police union, for months, has expressed concern about the city being able to bring in enough outside help.

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