CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland plans to buy 2,000 riot-control suits with collapsible batons as it prepares to host the Republican National Convention in July.
Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1OV5e5I ) reported Thursday that the city posted a notice this week seeking providers for that gear.
The request comes as Cleveland has ramped up its public process to spend the $50 million federal security grant for the event. The federal money was approved by Congress in December.
Bid paperwork shows the city also wants to buy more than 300 sets of long-sleeve jackets, gloves and shin guards. That equipment would serve as riot-control gear for police officers riding bicycles. The city previously sought to buy 300 bicycles, 15 motorcycles, 25 sets of tactical armor and enough 3.5-foot-high interlocking steel barriers to cover about 3 miles.
The city is slated to have thousands of police officers on hand for the convention, which is expected to draw 50,000 visitors.
More than 100,000 political demonstrators showed up for the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. Less than 1,000 protesters appeared in Tampa, Florida for the 2012 Republican National Convention.
The administration of Mayor Frank Jackson told City Council last month that roughly $30 million in federal grant money is expected to go toward personnel and $20 million for equipment. Councilman Brian Cummins said last month that the equipment must be delivered by June 15.
City Council President Kevin Kelley has said the council hopes to hold a public security briefing either this month or next.
Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com