Officers in outlying cities ready to assist during DNC

Officers in outlying cities ready to assist during DNC

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 9:22 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of extra police officers poured into Tampa to help with security for the Republicans. It will be the same story for Charlotte, but some of that help won’t have to use a plane or a train.

"It's obviously a huge international event that's coming to our area, a once in a lifetime kind of thing and our officers are prepared for it," said Huntersville Deputy Police Chief Michael Kee.

Huntersville, Pineville, Matthews and Mint Hill are sending a compliment of officers to be on the front lines with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police during the DNC.

"I would imagine it's going to be a little bit higher pace than what they normally work.  We've been very fortunate to have them attend in-service training with the officers.  That's going to be involved in these projects, so were ready for it," said Pineville Police Captain Bill Connell.

With so many protesters coming to our area, all the departments have had to consider how they would react if their town gets targeted.

"We always have that concern.  We don't know if that's going to happen.  We certainly hope that it doesn’t.  There is always that possibility and we've taken steps to prepare ourselves if that did occur," said Chief Kee.

His department is going to 12-hour shifts during the DNC. All of the agencies say they are happy to help with Charlotte’s time on the national stage.

"We’re going to work where we’re needed.  We do appreciate being able to assist with it," said Capt. Connell.
 
 

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