Cleveland Receives Nearly $50M for GOP Convention Security

The money will mostly pay for police officers’ overtime and equipment.

CLEVELAND — After much anticipation and speculation over what might happen, the Republican National Convention is here, with Donald Trump the presumptive GOP nominee for president. And with the controversial billionaire at the center of the convention, host city Cleveland has received $49.9 million from the federal government for the event’s security.

Much of that nearly $50 million tab will pay for police officers’ overtime and equipment, CNN Money reports. As of Monday, there is no credible threat to the convention, Cleveland Mayor Frank Johnson told ABC’s “This Week.”

“We are prepared,” Johnson says. “And we’re prepared not only on a local level, but state and the national level.”

The report also says there will be 4,000 federal personnel on hand for the GOP convention, 3,000 of which will be agents from Secret Service, TSA, Customs and Border Protection, as well as other agencies. An additional 3,000 police officers will also be securing the event, 550 being Cleveland police officers while the rest are coming from outside police departments.

The convention lasts until Thursday.

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