CLEVELAND-- Cleveland Police brass delivered the most comprehensive discussion of security plans before Cleveland Council's Safety Committee.
With Donald Trump's warning of possible riots, fears of terrorism and protest groups vowing to demonstrate in the streets of Cleveland, security is a prime concern.
The department outlined an ambitious agenda, claiming they will offer increased greater-than-normal protection in the neighborhoods, at the same time they are securing Downtown for the Republican National Convention.
Deputy Chief Ed Tomba, who oversees RNC police plans, said there will be "challenges," but the department believes it's ready.
"This is a 96-hour span in our city, and we feel our plans for the neighborhoods is very solid, and our plans for the convention and everything around it is coming into focus," Tomba said.
Police brass said they attended the recent nuclear summit in Washington D.C. to se how police handled security for the event, which was attended by lots of heavyweights and dignitaries from around the world.
No officers will be allowed on vacations during the convention. Officers will work 12-hour days, giving the department a hoped-for 115 percent of its normal manpower.
Both Tomba and Chief Calvin Williams said the department is not "militarizing" itself for the future with equipment being purchased with part of a $50 million federal grant.
"We're not purchasing nerve gas. We're not purchasing tanks or anything to make it look like an occupied city or occupied force," Tomba explained.
He added that other perhaps borrowed equipment would be ready elsewhere in the city just in case.
There were no specifics on whether the department has lined up enough officers from other Northeast Ohio departments or outside the state.
Steve King, head of RNC Committee on arrangements, predicted that city police and the Secret Service "will provide a safe environment for the community to have a fun and safe Republican Convention."
Wednesday the city approved spending almost $600,000 for new bicycles and other gear and material.
Police say the department plans to have an enhanced bike patrol operation after the convention leaves.