CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has uncovered new plans taking shape for safety forces surrounding this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and some plans could directly affect you-- even carrying a bottle of water or pop near the convention.
The city is expected to create a special zone downtown around the convention with special security rules. That could mean restrictions on carrying backpacks, or bottles of water and more.
Cleveland Council Safety Committee Chair Matt Zone said, “I went to the convention in Charlotte. When we went in, we weren’t allowed to bring in umbrellas. I saw literally a thousand umbrellas just off in the corner. Liquids, no liquids are allowed.”
Zone added, “Within the next 30 days, our safety committee will be receiving a full briefing on what is happening to prepare for the RNC.”
Meantime, the I TEAM has learned, private ambulance crews could work next to Cleveland EMS crews in the downtown crowds. This could help keep city EMS units free for calls in all other parts of the city.
The city is expected to bring in thousands of extra police officers from the outside. Plus, city officers have been going through training for crowd control and riot situations.
We also noticed the city is also calling for bids for crowd control barriers.
City firefighters are waiting for their orders. But we’ve learned some have taken part in the crowd control training with police.
And, even suburban police departments have been talking to the city about how they can help.
Many Cleveland safety forces are expecting to work 12-hour shifts during convention week.
Some officers worry the city won’t be able to bring in enough outside help. Or won’t get new equipment ordered in time.
But here, a snapshot of plans in the works.