A third of Cleveland police will have GOP convention duties

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s police chief says about a third of the city’s officers will be assigned to duties related to the Republican National Convention during the event this month.

In a Wednesday letter, Chief Calvin Williams says remaining officers will staff neighborhood districts and specialized units. The department has about 1,200 patrol officers and 300 supervisors.

Williams says Cleveland police are partnering with agencies from throughout the country to ensure there’s an adequate law enforcement presence for the event, which is expected to draw up to 50,000 people.

He says Cleveland officers have gone through comprehensive training and trained with partnering agencies to ensure they follow high standards.

The police union has repeatedly raised concerns that officers aren’t fully prepared and equipped to deal with the challenges of such a massive event.