CMPD remains mum on security detail surrounding DNC

CMPD remains mum on security detail surrounding DNC

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on August 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 27 at 7:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Most of the Democratic National Convention security headaches involves crowd control and concerns protesters might get out of control.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police also has security worries on a much smaller scale.

"In the public perception they have seen the movie bodyguard and they think it's very glamorous work, but the work of private protection is fairly tedious," said Chris Swecker, a retired F.B.I. Assistant Director.

CMPD won’t talk specifics but, NewsChannel 36 has learned some officers are assigned to drive dignitaries around and others will guard hotel rooms 24 hours a day.

"There are many long hours waiting for something to happen, waiting for your dignitaries to move, so it's nowhere near as glamorous as people think it is," said Swecker.

Members of congress typically don’t have Secret Service Protection. Private companies take on some of those duties.

CMPD won’t say who will be protected and how many officers might be involved, but if it’s a name or a face you recognize chances are they won’t be alone.

"I would not expect to see Nancy Pelosi just walking down the street by herself," said Swecker.

 

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