CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One look at the Police Training Academy on Shopton Road tells you Charlotte is in a different security environment with the arrival of the Democratic National Convention.

National Guardsmen are standing watch at the gates like they were Army checkpoints. There are several hundred guardsmen in our area, and their job is to back up police.

Each CMPD Patrol Division has several guardsmen on duty.

Police also have been very aggressive when it comes to checking out suspicious packages.

We are going to err on the side of caution, CMPD Officer Mandy Giannini said.

Police reiterated an advisory for uptown visitors: Secure your belongings and don t leave purses, bags, briefcases or bookbags alone.

That kind of forgetfulness might result in a call to the bomb squad, which is what happened Sunday night in Frazier Park.

They should probably pack as little as they need, so if they're going to have items, make sure they keep up with them, Giannini said. Anything left behind could be considered suspicious.

Another suspicious package caused police to shut down a section of Mount Holly Road in front of a gasoline tank farm. That turned out to be a false alarm, too.

Officers are not worried about calls that turn out to be a false alarm, because it s better to be safe than sorry.

Immediately give us as much detail as you can, so when officers come out, we can check it out and make sure that everything is OK, an officer said.

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