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1237110 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-06-25 13:59:29.0 UTC 2012-06-25T09:59:29.000-04:00 tampa-looking-at-248-million-in-police-personnel-costs-for-republican Published 2012-06-26 22:06:56.0 UTC 2012-06-26T18:06:56.000-04:00 news/localgovernment DTI 93745852 TAMPA — Paying local and out-of-town officers working the Republican National Convention is expected to cost nearly $25 million — about half of what Congress appropriated to secure the convention. The Tampa City Council will be asked Thursday to sign off on spending $24.85 million of the city's $50 million federal convention security grant on personnel. Of that, $4 million is for city salaries. The rest will go to the estimated 3,000 or more officers being brought in from 63 other agencies from around the Tampa Bay area and across Florida. That said, officials plan for Tampa police and Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies to have the most contact with the 15,000 protesters expected at the Aug. 27-30 convention. They work together already, know the community, will have the most training, and will have the biggest stake in how the rest of the world sees Tampa. "It only would make sense that those folks would be the firewall," Mayor Bob Buckhorn says. "Most of these other officers will be dispersed elsewhere around the community." Paying that coalition of officers will be just one of the city's convention expenses. Police have said they expect to spend $2 million on 1,500 hotel rooms for visiting officers and have budgeted $1 million to feed the coalition of police and deputies working the convention. The city also plans to buy an insurance policy with $10 million worth of coverage for police working convention security. "That's only fair," Buckhorn said. Officers coming in to Tampa to help the city should not have to worry about false accusations or frivolous lawsuits, he said. Beyond personnel, the City Council so far has approved spending more than $14.9 million on convention-related security purchases that include police gear, vehicles and communications equipment: • $6 million for more than 1,900 handheld or vehicle-mounted radios. • $2 million for about 60 surveillance cameras to be installed around the Tampa Bay Times Forum. • $1.9 million for body armor and protective gear. • $1.18 million to upgrade the video links between police helicopters and ground commanders. • $992,490 to enhance existing police software and technology that allows multiple agencies to size up risks, share information, organize resources, and map, track and respond to trouble as it takes place. • $518,460 for 1,400 gas masks and accessories, including 20 "voice projection units." • $516,200 for cotton uniforms. • $464,236 for two Tampa Fire Rescue vehicles: a tactical support vehicle that can serve as a mobile command post and a truck for the SWAT medic team. • $319,400 for 200 police bicycles. • $290,000 for up to 10,000 feet of temporary security fences to be put up around city and county buildings. • $272,904 for an armored police SWAT vehicle. • $225,063 for 225 tactical communications headsets, plus accessories and three days of training. • $150,730 for 13 Bobcat 4x4 utility vehicles. • $85,580 for 17,400 short- and long-sleeved, all-cotton printed T-shirts. By Richard Danielson, Times staff writer rnc-local,Hillsborough,Local Government,News,breaking-news Tampa looking at $24.8 million in police personnel costs for Republican National Convention RDANIELSONN TAM Tampa &amp; State dhvr5 dhvr5 City to spend $25M on RNC security expenses <p> <b>RNC alerts</b> </p><p> Tampa officials Monday highlighted two ways for businesses, residents and visitors to get alerts about everything from road closures to bad weather during the <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/rnc-2012/">Republican National Convention</a> (and beyond). </p><p> First &mdash; and this is for everybody &mdash; you can sign up for the city's Alert Tampa mass-messaging system. To register online, go to tampagov.net/alerttampa and click on &quot;Sign up now.&quot; </p><p> Also, the city is expanding its use of a high-tech system that it has used to stay on top of evolving situations at events at Raymond James Stadium, during Gasparilla parades and during the 2010 manhunt for the man accused of killing two Tampa police officers. </p><p> With the upgrades, the system from NC4 will allow police to send alerts to scores of building managers and downtown businesses in real time, and it will let those recipients respond with questions and their own observations about what's happening. </p><p> &quot;They'll get real-time information; they will get information that is pertinent and germane to their needs,&quot; Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.<br/><br/><b>.</b> </p><p> <b>Emergency</b> alerts </p><p> Tampa officials Monday highlighted two ways for businesses, residents and visitors to get alerts about everything from road closures to bad weather during the Republican National Convention (and beyond). First &mdash; and this is for everybody &mdash; you can sign up for the city's Alert Tampa mass-messaging system. To register online, go to tampagov.net/alerttampa and click on &quot;Sign up now.&quot; Also, the city is expanding its use of a high-tech system that it has used to stay on top of evolving situations at events at Raymond James Stadium, during Gasparilla parades and during the 2010 manhunt for the man accused of killing two Tampa police officers. With the upgrades, the system from NC4 will allow police to send alerts to scores of building managers and downtown businesses in real time, and it will let those recipients respond with questions and their own observations about what's happening. &quot;They'll get real-time information; they will get information that is pertinent and germane to their needs,&quot; Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. </p> Tampa 7 RNCpolice062612.2st City to spend $25M on RNC security expenses 2012-06-26 04:00:00.0 UTC 2012-06-26T00:00:00.000-04:00 Paying local and out-of-town officers working the Republican National Convention is expected to cost nearly $25 million &mdash; about half of what Congress appropriated to secure the convention. The Tampa City Council will be asked Thursday to sign off on spending $24.85 million of the city's $50 million federal convention security grant on personnel. Tampa, Republican National Convention, police false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2012/06/25/93745852-tampa-looking-at-248-million-in-police-personnel-costs-for-republican StaffArticle 2012-11-19 01:51:42.0 UTC 2012-11-18T20:51:42.000-05:00 news,local governmentLocal GovernmentTampa, Republican National Convention, policeRichard Danielson 380964 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:51:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:51:06.000-04:00 richard-danielson published Richard Danielson <p>Richard Danielson covers city government and politics in Tampa. He grew up in Clearwater and joined the <i>Times</i> in 1987. This is his second tour at City Hall (the first was from 1992 to '97). His other reporting assignments at the <i>Times</i> have included covering local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as the <i>Times</i>' Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his current assignment, he is the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida's <a href="www.politifact.com/florida/promises/buck-o-meter">Buck-O-Meter</a>, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's performance on 34 campaign promises.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 35493284 Richard Danielson covers city government and politics in Tampa. He grew up in Clearwater and joined the Times in 1987. This is his second tour at City Hall (the first was from 1992 to '97). His other reporting assignments at the Times have included covering local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as the Times' Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his current assignment, he is the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida's Buck-O-Meter, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's performance on 34 campaign promises. <p>Phone: (813) 226-3403</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:rdanielson@tampabay.com">rdanielson@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/Danielson_Times">@Danielson_Times</a></p> 1 NP_262258_GARN_facebook_31&#10;CAPTION: (Clearwater, Fl, 02/29/2008) PREFERRED PHOTO OF Rick Danielson (cq) for Facebook JOSEPH GARNETT, JR. | Times; STORY SUMMARY: /resources/images/dti/2012/10/ntp_Danielson_040309.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35493284-richard-danielson AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:51:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:51:06.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">RICHARD DANIELSON</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times staff writer 2273548 2016-04-16 23:24:22.0 UTC 4 Months Ago tampa-bay-delegates-for-republican-national-convention-are-selected news/politics/stateroundup Tampa Bay delegates for Republican National Convention are selected StaffArticle 2285690 2016-07-17 02:15:41.0 UTC 1 Month Ago security-in-place-for-republican-national-convention-in-cleveland news/politics/national Security in place for Republican National Convention in Cleveland StaffArticle 2286516 2016-07-22 20:49:23.0 UTC 1 Month Ago take-a-look-at-the-size-of-the-new-24-million-gantry-cranes-at-port-tampa news/business Take a look at the size of the new $24 million gantry cranes at Port Tampa Bay StaffArticle <p> TAMPA — Paying local and out-of-town officers working the <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/rnc-2012/">Republican National Convention</a> is expected to cost nearly $25 million — about half of what Congress appropriated to secure the convention. </p> <p> The Tampa City Council will be asked Thursday to sign off on spending $24.85 million of the city's $50 million federal convention security grant on personnel. </p> <p> Of that, $4 million is for city salaries. The rest will go to the estimated 3,000 or more officers being brought in from 63 other agencies from around the Tampa Bay area and across Florida. </p> <p> That said, officials plan for Tampa police and Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies to have the most contact with the 15,000 protesters expected at the Aug. 27-30 convention. They work together already, know the community, will have the most training, and will have the biggest stake in how the rest of the world sees Tampa. </p> <p> &quot;It only would make sense that those folks would be the firewall,&quot; Mayor Bob Buckhorn says. &quot;Most of these other officers will be dispersed elsewhere around the community.&quot; </p> <p> Paying that coalition of officers will be just one of the city's convention expenses. </p> <p> Police have said they expect to spend $2 million on 1,500 hotel rooms for visiting officers and have budgeted $1 million to feed the coalition of police and deputies working the convention. </p> <p> The city also plans to buy an insurance policy with $10 million worth of coverage for police working convention security. </p> <p> &quot;That's only fair,&quot; Buckhorn said. Officers coming in to Tampa to help the city should not have to worry about false accusations or frivolous lawsuits, he said. </p> <p> Beyond personnel, the City Council so far has approved spending more than $14.9 million on convention-related security purchases that include police gear, vehicles and communications equipment: </p> <p> • $6 million for more than 1,900 handheld or vehicle-mounted radios. </p> <p> • $2 million for about 60 surveillance cameras to be installed around the Tampa Bay Times Forum. </p> <p> • $1.9 million for body armor and protective gear. </p> <p> • $1.18 million to upgrade the video links between police helicopters and ground commanders. </p> <p> • $992,490 to enhance existing police software and technology that allows multiple agencies to size up risks, share information, organize resources, and map, track and respond to trouble as it takes place. </p> <p> • $518,460 for 1,400 gas masks and accessories, including 20 &quot;voice projection units.&quot; </p> <p> • $516,200 for cotton uniforms. </p> <p> • $464,236 for two Tampa Fire Rescue vehicles: a tactical support vehicle that can serve as a mobile command post and a truck for the SWAT medic team. </p> <p> • $319,400 for 200 police bicycles. </p> <p> • $290,000 for up to 10,000 feet of temporary security fences to be put up around city and county buildings. </p> <p> • $272,904 for an armored police SWAT vehicle. </p> <p> • $225,063 for 225 tactical communications headsets, plus accessories and three days of training. </p> <p> • $150,730 for 13 Bobcat 4x4 utility vehicles. </p> <p> • $85,580 for 17,400 short- and long-sleeved, all-cotton printed T-shirts. </p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:49:28