CLEVELAND - The leaders of Cleveland’s police, fire and EMS divisions spoke confidently before the City Council Safety Committee and promised they will be ready for this summer’s Republican National Convention.
Wednesday, the city of Cleveland held their very first public hearing to discuss security plans during the RNC.
"We learned a great deal. There will be coordinated effort with federal, state, county, local law enforcement officers as well as law enforcement outside of our region who will be working on safety and security for the RNC convention," said Councilman Matt Zone, chairman of the safety committee.
Deputy Chief Ed Tomba offered an overview of how the Cleveland Police Department plans to have the necessary personnel during the RNC.
"The mandate early on was for me to have the staffing plans for the neighborhoods and then the convention after," said Tomba.
That includes a staff of 600 CPD officers devoted to the RNC and almost 2300 police officers from outside the city to help.
"Through state law and city charter, Director McGrath has the authority to swear in and give them police powers for the 5 days they are here," said Tomba.
So, what about protecting the officers from possible protestors during the RNC?
"2,000 sets of riot gear have been ordered. There are four sizes, they are adjustable. Every person will be custom- fitted for them," said Zone.
The president of the Cleveland police union has criticized the city for being slow in buying them.