CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM has found Cleveland Police officers today began special training in crowd control and riot response in case something jumps off here, especially next year during the Republican National Convention.
Cleveland Police already have what are called “field forces” to deal with unruly crowds, but the police union confirms the new training would expand the number of officers available for that.
Last week, terrorists stunned the world with mass attacks in Paris. But the I TEAM has been told the new training is not tied to that. In fact, some officers are scheduled for next month and others for early next year.
The union says those included in the new training include detectives, some rookie patrol officers, and even older officers.
The city did not respond to an I TEAM request for comment.
However, Union President Steve Loomis said police need to be prepared at every moment. “These things happen in a blink of an eye out here, and we need to be able to ready and willing to respond to them.” Loomis added, “We’ll take as much training on whatever issue that we can get it on.”
Meantime, City Hall is counting on grant money, so it can buy lots of new equipment to help keep the streets safe during the Convention. However, the process of bringing in that equipment has not started yet.