Cleveland tightens Republican convention security after Dallas attack

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 08, 2016 1:44 PM

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland police officials have tightened their security plan for the July 18-21 Republican National Convention as a result of the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas, Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told Reuters on Friday.

"We have got to make some changes without a doubt," Tomba said in a telephone interview.

Tomba, who is Cleveland's chief of convention security, also said he had written to out-of-town police departments that will be loaning officers to Cleveland during the convention to assure them that their officers would be safe.

"I wrote an email reassuring them we are prepared and let them know we cannot pull the plan off without them," Tomba said.

Some 3,000 police officers, mostly from Ohio, will augment Cleveland's 1,700 officers for the convention, when presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is expected to be officially named the party's candidate for the Nov. 8 general election.

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(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Bill Trott)