Hotels For Extra Convention Cops Will Cost $2M

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa police say it’s going to cost around $2 million for hotel rooms to house out-of-town law enforcement officers for the Republican National Convention this summer.

The Tampa Bay Times ( reported that 3,000 outside officers will be in town for the event at the end of the August. Federal money awarded to the city for convention security will pay the bills.

Once they get here, the out-of-town officers will work a variety of assignments, including traffic control, security details, marine patrol, and dignitary protection and escort.

The convention is expected to draw up to 15,000 protesters, with one coalition of organized labor, student radicals and anti-war activists calling on groups nationwide to march on the event’s first day.

Source: Associated Press