All eyes on Cleveland: Countdown to Republican National Convention begins

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CLEVELAND-- The countdown is on to the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland. Saturday marks 100 days until this summer's convention at Quicken Loans Arena.

Thousands of people will visit the Cleveland area when the convention is held from July 18-21.

Here's a look at the numbers, according to the RNC:

  • 50,000 visitors are expected
  • 15,000 credentialed media
  • 4th time the Republican Party will convene in Ohio

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 2,300 police officers from outside the city to help.

The media also toured both the Q and the Huntington Convention Center -- that will be home to news sets and work space.

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