Charlotte To Receive $50M For DNC Security

Charlotte To Receive $50M For DNC Security

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Congressional committee has approved the bill for the city of Charlotte to receive $50 million in federal security funds for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The committee issued a report that sets aside $50 million for Charlotte, as well as $50 million for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., for security expenses.

The money will be a big relief to officials in Charlotte and North Carolina who had been growing concerned about the reimbursement funds, which will help pay for extra police officers and other security needs.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will lead a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement team assigned to secure the event. Charlotte also will be required to provide emergency and rescue, fire, bomb disposal and other security personnel in and around all convention facilities and related meeting areas.

The Charlotte police force is expected to roughly double in size by adding an estimated 2,400 to 3,400 officers from Hickory, Greensboro, Concord and Monroe, among others.

The $50 million approved for security is the same amount that Congress appropriated in 2008 to reimburse state and local law enforcement at the presidential conventions in Denver and St. Paul.

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