CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Tuesday, the city of Charlotte released how $50 million of federal funds had been spent to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
With more than 2,800 personnel and out-of-town law enforcement brought in to assist, the majority of the expenses went into training, wages and overtime.
Half of the $21 million in vendor contracts went to local businesses.
DNC Spending -- Overview
City Departments: $13.5M
Outside Agencies: $11.6M
Vendors: $21.9M ($13M Local)
Housing Costs: $1.5M
Food & Beverage: $1M
Maintaining public safety was the highest priority during the DNC. Police focused much of their attention and year-and-a-half-long planning in upgrades to surveillance technology.
“We have been able to enhance our technology capabilities immensely throughout the city. We went into this with a mindset we wanted to acquire equipment and manage the DNC effectively. We also want to re-deploy it throughout the city so it can be a greater benefit to the citizens,” said Chief Rodney Monroe.
$3.8 million was spent to renovate and equip the CMPD Command Center, and more than $2 million to install an additional 120 cameras to existing networks and other crime-fighting tools.
DNC Spending -- Surveillance
Command Center & VOC: $3.8M
Wireless Camera System: $1.7M
License Plate Readers, Cameras: $589K
Devices like shot-spotters have already been deployed into some neighborhoods. CMPD has also reissued much of the $1.8 million purchased in protective gear and radios.
DNC Spending – Equipment & Supplies
Protective Gear: $1.8M
Gas Masks: $12K
Handheld Radios: $1.8M
More than 125 law enforcement agencies from 11 states & Washington, D.C. were on hand to provide security for the DNC. The report came out the same day the Department of Justice released a “blue-print” publication to help other cities manage a large-scale security event.
“Planning is key. Being able to recognize every nuance involved such as this, running various scenarios through the mind on what can happen, might happen, should happen,” said Chief Monroe. “It not only shown us, but shown the world and the country that Charlotte is a place that can handle major events, and people can have a quality time.”
For a further break-down of the report, click here.