I-Team obtains memo with list of police departments helping with RNC security

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Fox 8 I-Team has obtained a recent police memo outlining police departments planning to send officers here to help with security for the Republican National Convention.

The memo dated May 24 shows a total of 809 officers coming from about three dozen departments.

The police union has complained that the city has not attracted enough help from outside agencies.

Last week at a council safety meeting, however, Police Chief Calvin Williams , who would not gives specific figures, said with federal and local agencies the city would have “thousands” of officers on the street during the convention

The memo the I-Team obtained states 33 officers from Akron will be coming for the RNC, and police there confirmed they are still sending that number. But the list also includes 20 officers from Greensboro, NC , but Greensboro has since said they are not sending any officers.

The same holds true for Erie County Sheriff’s Office. They are listed as sending 12 but the sheriff said Wednesday morning they won’t be sending any officers.

“Our priorities changed and we need to be here,” said Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth. He said he notified the city about two weeks ago.

The police staffing list appears to be fluid. Williams said last week he is speaking with different departments daily. Sandusky police are marked on the list to send eight, but Police Chief John Orzech said that was a number he sent last year.

“We will send as many as we can to help out, but I don’t know if it will be 8,” Orzech said.

Continuing coverage here. 

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