Updated 08/27/2012 10:01 PM
Preparing for DNC, Chief Monroe gets firsthand look at RNC security
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TAMPA, Fla. – With hundreds of demonstrators in downtown Tampa at the Republican National Convention, police presence is everywhere on the streets maintaining order and protecting the public.
"The vast majority of individuals coming here to demonstrate will do so peacefully, but there's going to be a very small group that have come here bent on disruption and destruction,” said Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.
The threat of violent protesters wreaking havoc in downtown was visible Monday during the Coalition to March the RNC. Dozens showed up in the group Anonymous wearing black clothes and bandanas.
Homeland Security officials have warned the group could target businesses or financial centers during the conventions. Castor said they pose a risk acting outside the assembled masses.
"Individuals splintered off from that and have been basically running through the downtown area,” she said.
With that threat and the Democratic National Convention next week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe was in Tampa Monday, getting a first hand look of how police and RNC protesters interacted.
"It gives you a visual. You have something in your mind to take back of what you expect because a lot of the officers in the department have not seen anything of this nature," said Monroe.
Monroe and a dozen CMPD officers in Florida could tweak their overall strategy based on what they've witnessed and learned on the ground.
"[It] give(s) us a good indication of what to expect, quite naturally the numbers, the numbers on the ground,” he said.
Castor said she's enjoyed the months-long collaboration with Monroe and expects Charlotte Police to be successful next week keeping the peace during the DNC.