Never Too Soon to Prepare for a Special Event
Planning Makes Sense
With the 2012 Republican National Convention less than a year away in Tampa, state lawmakers on Tuesday got a rundown from law enforcement agencies on security issues surrounding the event. The major concern we will face is the issue of civil disobedience, Jim Madden, assistant commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was quoted in the media as telling the Senate Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee. Madden said he and the rest of the security team want to avoid a repeat of the 2008 GOP convention in St. Paul, where protestors caused millions of dollars in damage to private and public property and more than 800 people were arrested. It was a very serious and severe event, he said. They pretty much lost control of the city. A better model, he said, is the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, where only seven people were arrested. More than 4,000 security personnel from various law enforcement agencies will be deployed each day to keep crowds under control including protestors, which could number as high as 300,000, Madden said.