Tampa, Florida City Council approves police upgrades for 2012 GOP National Convention

Image: Paul Wellman/Santa Barbara Independent After months of behind-the-scenes planning…

Image: Paul Wellman/Santa Barbara Independent

After months of behind-the-scenes planning but little in-front-of-the-microphones discussion, Tampa officials Thursday provided a better glimpse of security plans for the Republican National Convention.

No word yet on where the secure perimeter around the convention will go, but officials plan to have 3,000 to 4,000 police officers on duty each day of the event, scheduled for Aug. 27-30.

“We’re not going to buy a lot of equipment with this money,” Tampa Assistant Police Chief Marc Hamlin told the City Council.

Still, police do need some upgrades, and those purchases started Thursday.

There was $1.18 million for a better video link between police helicopters and ground commanders. Also nearly $273,000 for an armored SWAT vehicle.

Source: Richard Danielson for Tampabay.com.

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