Secret Service and FBI give Security Update about RNC
Just days before the Republican National Convention begins, law enforcement officials from both local and federal agencies say they are prepared for anything.
As ideastream's Darrielle Snipes reports, the FBI says there is no 'credible' threat to this event.
Cleveland Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony says the FBI is constantly looking into international and domestic threats but none are at a level that should concern the public.
He says after a sniper killed 5 Dallas police officers last week, the agency is also taking into account the possibility of a lone-wolf type of attack.
“That is obviously on many people's mind, he said. “It is on the mind of law enforcement. No different again. We are putting every resource possible through state, federal, local agencies that we are sharing any bit of information that we get about any threat that may be imminent.”
Anthony and law enforcement agencies gave a briefing to reporters at the Multi-Agency Communication Center where 73 different agencies will be collaborating on security during the RNC.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says there will be more than 500 officers dedicated to the event zone and the city is at capacity with officers coming from out-of-town departments to assist. He declined to give an exact number. Williams says officers are prepared to make sure delegates and protesters alike, can exercise their First Amendment rights safely.
U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy says for more than a year they've been working on a comprehensive security and contingency plan to ensure the safety of all who come to Cleveland.
“Our strategic goal has been to develop a security plan safe that will create a safe and secure environment for those attending the RNC and those exercising first amendment rights,” he said.