Hundreds of Piedmont Officers to Help with DNC
More than 200 law enforcement officials from across the Piedmont will be heading to Charlotte in September to help with the Democratic National Convention.
The convention will run from Sept. 4-6, and the city's population is expected to swell by tens of thousands.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police sent a memo to every law enforcement agency in the state that had more than 100 officers. The DNC will reimburse departments for using their officers, but so far the reimbursement amount hasn't been determined.
Greensboro will send about 150 officers, or 20 percent of the force. Assistant Police Chief Christopher Walker said they will shift officers to other departments to fill in the gaps during the convention, and people in Greensboro will not see a change in safety or response times.
Forsyth County will send 12 deputies. We could not get in contact with Winston-Salem officials Thursday regarding the number of officers it planned to send down.
High Point Police will send about 40 officers from two teams.
Alamance County will send 10 or 12 deputies. Burlington Police will send about six officers.
Walker said officers will work 12-hour shifts and will take some of their equipment down there. Bike cops, for example, will take their bicycles, Walker said.
“An average officer is probably going to see about a 50 percent increase in their duty time while they're there. So many officers want to be a part of history,” Walker said.
Some equipment will be provided for the officers, and they will have to go through a series of trainings, Walker said.
Greensboro Police sent officers to President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009.