Extra security precautions put in place in ahead of presidential debate

Extra manpower in anticipation of protests
Posted at 4:42 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 20:23:20-04

CLEVELAND — Fencing is up, barricades in place, a fleet of Ohio Department of Transportation trucks are on area highways.

Those are just some of the security measures put in place Tuesday morning to prepare for the first presidential election.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers are on the street, in cars, on bikes, in the air, and on four legs. The Ohio National Guard is in town as well because of expected protests.

Law enforcement officials said local, state, and federal agencies have been planning for Tuesday’s event for nearly two months.

Cleveland police are leading the effort to keep people and property safe.

But, the FBI, Secret Service, and U.S. Marshals Service are among the federal agencies involved.

Extra manpower has been called in to help. “Our staff, this is one of those days we say, all hands on deck,” said Assistant Chief Deputy USMS Brian Fitzgibbon. “We would much rather over-prepare than under prepare,” he explained.

City leaders would not detail the exact security plan only that it is designed to keep people and property safe.

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