Triad police to help Charlotte at DNC
Updated: 01/20/2012 05:40 PM
By: Ed Scannell
GREENSBORO – Law enforcement agencies from around the state will assist Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police during the Democratic National Convention in September.
Police put out the call for extra help to ensure security during an event that's expected to draw thousands of visitors to the Queen City.
Greensboro's assistant police chief said CMPD inquired to law enforcement agencies in the state with more than 100 officers, asking them whether they could help out. Greensboro will provide about 150 officers.
"They'll be paid for by the Democratic National Convention, the DNC committee,” said assistant chief Christopher Walker. “They reimburse the city for the officers being down there."
Walker said it wasn't unusual for departments to assist each other during major events.
"Anytime you do a major event police departments always try to assist each other with manpower and resources," he said.
The Greensboro officers will provide what he calls perimeter security.
"Make sure that the folks can get to the different events,” said Walker. “There will be a lot of people in Charlotte for this convention."
The Alamance County Sheriff's Office has committed several deputies to the security effort but their duties yet to be determined.
"Our agency has agreed to send them a team of 11 deputies to assist in various aspects up there,” said department spokesperson Randy Jones. “More or less is a peripheral role we anticipate our people will be doing."
Jones said some officers from various agencies also would keep an eye on their fellow officers' equipment.
"Because of the presence of vehicles, firearms," he said.
Walker said with President Barack Obama and so many other dignitaries on hand, it was an honor for his department to help out.
"These officers were eager to go,” he said. “They were grateful for the opportunity and we certainly want to have a good time with the folks here. We want people to see what a beautiful state North Carolina is."
The Wake County Sheriff's Office, Fayetteville Police department and Winston-Salem Police Department also have committed officers but have not yet said how many they'll be sending. The High Point Police Department said it would send about 40 officers.
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