Security in Place Ahead of Republican National Convention | NECN

Security in Place Ahead of Republican National Convention

Locals say they're happy with police presence



    (Published Sunday, July 17, 2016)

    One day before the Republican National Convention, security is at an all-time high in Cleveland, Ohio.

    With extra layers of security in place, area residents like Tony Luczywo said they feel comfortable with the police presence.

    "I'm loving the police here," Luczywo said. "It's a good show, you know, they're doing their job. And that's what we need here."

    Security officials have been out in full force and miles of metal fencing have turned the streets of downtown Cleveland into a confusing labyrinth. But with recent violent activity both home and abroad, delegates to the Republican National Convention, the media and even the locals, don't seem to mind.

    "I think we need the extra protection," said Cleveland resident, Jonathan Franklin. "This is definitely necessary. Just for the safety, in case anything happens."

    The real test of the security system will come Monday when the convention officially begins and tens of thousands of people try to get through checkpoints in layers of security at the same time.

    "I'm just so impressed with how many police are here, state police, EMS," remarked Cleveland resident, Denise Luczywo. "It makes you feel safe walking the streets."

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