Preparing for the RNC
In her first months as police chief, Annette Mecklenburg said contingencies for the upcoming Republican National Convention (July 18–21) have been a priority.
While the city isn't anticipating any particular kind of activity, it is planning for an increase in visitors from among the delegates and protestors, and the chance that heightened political passions could result in police calls.
Most of the work is in reviewing and writing policies with the political convention in mind—for example, a mass-arrest policy.
There has also been communication and coordination with other communities.
Cleveland Heights joined with the Eastside Departments Group Enforcement (EDGE) consortium (University Heights, South Euclid, Euclid, Shaker Heights and Beachwood) to train and equip a new "mobile field force"—essentially a shared riot squad comprising members from each department.
The Cleveland Heights Police Department will be at full staff during the convention, she said, with no vacations being approved and the possibility of last-minute schedule changes based on whatever intelligence may arise.
Cleveland Heights resident Bob Rosenbaum is co-chair of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee, and is responsible for its advertising sales and market development.