CLEVELAND-- City of Cleveland officials and the U.S. Secret Service released details about security and traffic restrictions during the week of the Republican National Convention.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams were joined by U.S. Secret Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ronald Rowe.
Rowe said it was important to strike a balance between ensuring the safety of everyone in town for the convention and allowing regular business to continue in the city.
“We wanted to make sure Cleveland was ready to welcome the world, but in a safe way,” Rowe said.
The main security zone will be centered around Quicken Loans Arena, Gateway Plaza and Progressive Field. Businesses on East Fourth Street can have deliveries sent to a remote site for inspection before moving closer to the convention. There will also be a vehicle screening area for residents of downtown buildings.
Rowe noted bicycles for officers were successfully used during the Cavaliers championship parade and applauded Williams for his forethought in purchasing them.
“These bike officers will be worth their weight in gold during the RNC,” Rowe said.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced its security perimeter for Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.
The RNC is July 18 to July 21.