MPD to send officers to Cleveland for RNC security

MPD to send officers to Cleveland for RNC security

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department is sending officers to assist in security for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

MPD released the following statement, showing its support for the federal government's election process.

"The Memphis Police Department (MPD) supports the federal government and its election process. To this end, we agreed to send 14 of our officers to assist in the security efforts for the Republican National Convention (RNC). MPD Training Officers along with one Task Force Officer from each precinct were sent to Cleveland.  This partnership will not only be beneficial to the RNC and the City of Cleveland, but also the citizens of Memphis. This event will serve as a training exercise that will aid the Memphis Police Department in fine tuning policies and practices relative to dealing with large crowds and major events.

Interim Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings said he think it's important to show that Memphis is dedicated to helping law enforcement across the country.

"We're not only dedicated to the safety of Memphis," Rallings said. "We're dedicated to Cleveland, Baton Rouge, and law enforcement agency."

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