CLEVELAND - Five days and counting.
The U.S. Secret Service and Cleveland police assure the public the city is ready to host the Republican National Convention. Wednesday afternoon, they addressed safety concerns, including the potential for unrest and protesters who may come to town armed with guns.
Crews working for the Secret Service set up more barricades Wednesday evening as they create a security perimeter around venues for the RNC. People downtown have been navigating around piles of them that will be erected over the next few days, like those around Willard Park.
"It's gonna cause complications to people coming in and out of downtown," said one downtown worker.
"I heard about the security measures they're putting up down here...downtown Cleveland is about to be as safe as it's ever been," said a Cleveland resident walking through downtown.
"We are prepared, we are ready to welcome the world to Cleveland," said Agent Ronald Rowe with the U.S. Secret Service.
The Secret Service, Cleveland police and city officials gave the media an update on RNC safety preps. Without being specific, they say the deadly Dallas police ambush last week caused them to tweak their security plan. They are also aware of the possibility of riots or unrest.
"I could talk about that, but I won't, because anything and everything can happen during a convention, whether there are things that have happened in the past or not, but we're prepared for anything and everything that will or won't happen," said Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams.
Chief Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson say they oppose Ohio's "open carry" gun law, but will follow it.
"If the law says that people can have open carry, that's what it says, whether I agree with it or not is another issue," said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
"Just because you carry openly, doesn't mean you can pull that weapon out or that you can show that weapon or brandish that weapon, and we'll make sure that people stay inside the parameters or what's allowed and what's not," said Williams.
Chief Williams says there is no doubt tensions nationwide have some officers and citizens concerned, but insists the city is ready.
"With the number of officers coming from across the country, it is America's convention, so it is something that no one agency can pull this off by itself," said Agent Rowe.
"Our officers know that they have received the best training, they have the best equipment and we've, although we've never had a convention, but the officers in this city have been through some things in the last 18 months, and I think they've performed stellar," said the chief.
Cleveland police say more than enough officers from outside agencies are helping out.
The Secret Service says barricades around the venues should all be up and enforced by Saturday.