Cleveland authorities to tout convention preparedness

CLEVELAND (AP) — City officials plan to present an overview of security preparation for this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, seeking to counter continuing concerns about readiness to host the event expected to bring 50,000 visitors to northeast Ohio.

A press release from Mayor Frank Jackson’s office said Tuesday’s session will cover public safety, medical services, emergency management and more. The release stated that “despite rumors” to the contrary, Cleveland police are on track with preparedness goals and are continuing to sign agreements with outside agencies for assistance.

The release Friday evening came after the Greensboro, North Carolina, police department rescinded its offer to send 50 police officers to the convention, citing worries about insurance coverage and Cleveland’s preparations.

The city’s statement says no outside agencies have directly expressed concerns.

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