CLEVELAND – The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned a series of memos have just been issued to Cleveland Police Administrative Units outlining equipment bought for officers during the Republican National Convention. Each memo, called a Departmental Notice, also outlines the rules for use of the equipment.
It gives us the most detailed look so far at some of what Cleveland is buying with your tax dollars for the Convention.
Among the equipment outlined:
- “personal protective equipment” (commonly called riot gear) for field force units
- personal protective gear for bike patrol officers
- 26″ expandable batons for field force officers
- 40″ batons for the mounted unit
- helmets and shields for SWAT officers various “less lethal” munitions such as pepper spray
- 4 vans to transport officers
- 5 vans to transport prisoners
- 6 John Deere Gator crew cab utility vehicles
- 2 pick-up trucks and 3 trailers for the mounted unit
- 1 SUV for part of “rapid response to civil disturbances”
- helmets with face shields for the mounted and traffic units
- ballistic helmets and 3 shields for SWAT
- “variety of quantities” of “less-lethal munitions” for crowd management (including what’s commonly referred to as pepper spray)
The documents include detailed rules for when and how officers can use the equipment.
The city is also planning training for officers on “The Rights and Limitations of the Public and Media to Film Police Officers.” In other words, training dealing with what officers should know about the public and media recording officers on video.
Cleveland Police Union President Steve Loomis released this statement to the ITEAM:
“Our attorneys have not had an opportunity to thoroughly review these new rules issued at this late date. We certainly have very little time to be properly trained in their implementation
It is indeed unfortunate and shortsighted of the city to not have allowed us an opportunity to work with them in the development of new policies that may or may not have a profound impact on the safety of our officers, citizens, and law abiding protestors alike.”