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Friday, September 9, 2011

Latest Increases in DNC 2012 Projections

Here’s the latest on security for DNC 2012, according to

3,400 more officers for convention
by Associated Press
Posted on September 9, 2011 at 4:32 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte officials are planning to buttress the city's sizable police force with as many as 3,400 extra law officers during the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The additional officers from outside agencies will help the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service provide security and crowd control for the quadrennial event. The metro police force has about 1,750 officers of its own.

The extra manpower and other added security for the convention is expected to cost about $50 million. The bill will be paid through a federal grant. A similar amount is expected to be spent for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Last we heard from the Mayor and City Council, the Mayor came back empty-handed from Washington with this $50 Million grant request. Maybe chances are high that it will be approved, especially for security.

So far, the tally of unexplained expenses that we know about is a number of extra security personnel that has blossomed from Rodney Monroe taking care of "90%" of the security, to adding from 1700-2400 additional personnel, to Craisglist ads for some of those personnel, to 3400 more officers.

Don’t forget the nearly $600,000 approved for payment by the City for “Command Center Upfit” on August 22nd, 2011.  This is almost the same amount already spent for another Command center remodel last year, though the CMPD and our City leaders refuse to admit whether this is the same project or a different project.  This is possibly due to requirements for Department of Justice Projects to be approved in advance before money is spent.  If they are two different projects, they City and CMPD have refused to provide documentation of the project, or even say if it’s a different project.  See previous post for details.

Mayor Foxx, City Council, and the CRVA that lobbied for this Convention promised that the City would not be on the hook for expenses, but they are spending away with no offer of the private money that is supposed to fund this convention and no federal grants to pay for the rest.  Besides that, the public has the right to have answers about the projects mentioned.

By the way, we are also the Federal Funding....  where do they think that money is coming from?

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