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