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RNC preparation includes video instruction for outside law enforcement agencies

TAMPA — Expect anarchists to bait police outside the Republican National Convention, police Chief Jane Castor says.

The warning, along with tips and encouragement, is presented in a four-minute video featuring Castor and Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee. It will be sent to all 60 agencies expected to help local RNC security efforts.

In the video, Castor explains that anarchists will likely be a threat to the peace in downtown Tampa streets during the August convention.

"In all situations we fear the unknown," she says. "With RNC it's the anarchists.

"But our intelligence shows us that these groups deliberately try to deceive or mislead law enforcement into believing they are a serious threat just to bait us into action.

"In reality, they are most often unorganized, misguided individuals who engage in underhanded tactics to disrupt peaceful demonstrations."

She explains that the baiting is an attempt to prompt law enforcement action, which likely will be captured on video and "shown to the world as excessive force."

Castor says: "But we will be very calculated in our response to ensure it is strategic and controlled."

Gee adds that it is law enforcement's plan to target these people and remove them from the area.

"All eyes will be on us," Castor says in the video. "Everything we do will be videotaped and photographed, so let's show the world we are the best in our profession."

The 60 law enforcement agencies expected to help with Republican National Convention security:

Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Auburndale Police Department

Bradenton Beach Police Department

Bradenton Police Department

Brevard County Sheriff's Office

Brooksville Police Department

Broward County Sheriff's Office

Charlotte County Sheriff's Office

Citrus County Sheriff's Office

Clearwater Police Department

Collier County Sheriff's Office

Dade City Police Department

Daytona Beach Police Department

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

Florida Division of Insurance Fraud

Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Highway Patrol

Florida Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement

Fort Myers Police Department

Gainesville Police Department

Gulfport Police Department

Hernando County Sheriff's Office

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Kissimmee Police Department

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Lake Wales Police Department

Lakeland Police Department

Lee County Sheriff's Office

Leesburg Police Department

Manatee County Sheriff's Office

Marion County Sheriff's Office

North Port Police Department

Ocala Police Department

Ocoee Police Department

Orange County Sheriff's Office

Orlando Police Department

Osceola County Sheriff's Office

Oviedo Police Department

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Palmetto Police Department

Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Plant City Police Department

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Punta Gorda Police Department

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Sarasota Police Department

Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Seminole Police Department

St. Cloud Police Department

St. Petersburg Police Department

Tarpon Springs Police Department

Temple Terrace Police Department

University of South Florida Police Department

Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Waldo Police Department

West Palm Beach Police Department

Winter Haven Police Department

Winter Park Police Department

Winter Springs Police Department

RNC preparation includes video instruction for outside law enforcement agencies 06/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:18am]
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