CMPD preparing for 9/11 anniversary

CMPD preparing for 9/11 anniversary

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 8:40 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are already preparing for the tenth anniversary of the attacks of 9/11.

"There is no specific intelligence related to Charlotte or our region," said Deputy Chief Ruth Story, who will oversee the security planning for the city.

Still, she said, the tenth anniversary is an attractive target to terrorists because of the symbolism of the day.

Story said that extra officers will be assigned to major public buildings including the airport and the major banks in uptown.

The Time Warner Cable Arena will host the Democratic National Convention next year and will also get extra attention.

"It's hard to say if that has increased in the minds of terrorists, domestic and international. It's hard to say," Story said.

Around uptown Thursday, most people said they felt secure as the tenth anniversary approaches but said a new attack is always possible.

"We're secure in that we are more alert and attentive as a population but I think the risks are still very great, and we have to stay ever vigilant," said Kirt Hibbits as he walked near the light rail station on Trade Street.

Joe Mancuso was 15 years old when the attacks of 9/11 happened.  He now works at the arena and says he feels as safe as possible.

"There is always a chance something could happen, but you know all the measures that can be put in place already are," he said.

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