Business owners and city leaders got a behind-the-scenes look Thursday at how the Tampa Police Department plans to handle crowds during the Republican National Convention.
The department showed off the tools and technology at their disposal as they hope for the best, while planning for worst-case scenarios.
Officers demonstrated one of those scenarios, acting out steps they would take if a protest got out of control.
The department has several new tools, thanks to a $50 million security grant. There are several T-3 cycles,
a nearly $300,000 SWAT vehicle, riot gear and 200 new mountain bikes. The officers on the bikes will also be sporting a new RNC uniform" a light weight polo shirt and shorts.
"We're really happy they went with the shorts. It'll help keep us cool when we're riding. Bikes will predominately be used as scouts, so we're going to be out in the heat for almost 12 hours a day," says Sgt. Mark Delage.
Officers are hoping all the new gear will help keep Tampa safe during the largest event in the region's history.
"We have prepared for the worst, but we feel through our planning, training, and exercise that we will be able to see minimal disruptions and minimal arrests during the RNC," Chief Castor said.
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