Chief Williams on the RNC: ‘This was definitely one of the highlights of my career’

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CLEVELAND- The hours were long, the streets were jam packed, and the sun was hot.

But the thousands of officers who worked the RNC said they wouldn’t have changed a thing.

“This was definitely one of the highlights of my career,” said a beaming Calvin Williams, the city’s police chief.

He said the RNC week went by pretty smoothly and he thanks the thousands of officers from Cleveland and outside agencies for their work.

He also had high praises for his command staff.

“It was a historic week,” said Deputy Chief Ed Tomba. “We had no property damage and things went very well.”

Cleveland’s Traffic Commissioner James Muhic agrees and says he is so thankful to his department and the officers from other agencies that helped out.

“It’s tough standing on hot asphalt all day but they managed to do their jobs extremely well and smile and wave at everyone,” Muhic said.

He said officers from Lakewood,RTA, Strongsville, Akron, Elyria, Phoenix, Illinois,Atlanta, NEORSD, Bath, and Beachwood helped his traffic division with the daunting task of keeping the streets safe and everyone moving.

While most officers worked 12-16 hour days, they all say they are ready for the next big event.

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