Going to Tampa for August’s Republican National Convention? Safety first.
- $50 million in funding from Congress went to the RNC and the DNC each to ensure that the two major political conventions this year are safe
- $13.6 million was spent by the RNC on big safety items ahead of the conference — like 200 bicycles, 13 electric all-terrain vehicles and one armored truck source
» Trying to learn from St. Paul: In 2008, the Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul, Minn., where protesters often got violent and police confrontations were common. No one was seriously injured, but many were arrested (including journalists). Because St. Paul was one of the smallest cities to host a national political convention, its security and enforcement was slightly unprepared. Tampa is taking no chances this year. ”We’ve extensively studied St. Paul,” said Tampa City Attorney Jim Shimberg. “We’ve had meetings with folks in St. Paul, to find out what went well and what went wrong.”