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Officials hoping for safe convention in Tampa
Spending money, studying the past: officials seek safe Republican convention in Tampa
By The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls, but the protesters expected to cram into the city for the Republican National Convention will be a different sort of crowd.

Police are trying to be ready. Tampa police have spent about $13.6 million so far on big-ticket security items, including 200 bicycles, 13 electric all-terrain vehicles and one armored truck for the Aug. 27-31 gathering.

In 2008, thousands of protesters arrived for in St. Paul, Minn., for the RNC. Some smashed cars, punctured tires and threw bottles in a confrontation with pepper-spray wielding police. Hundreds were arrested over a few days.

Congress has given Tampa and Charlotte, the location of the Democratic National Convention $50 million each in taxpayer money to try to ensure everyone is safe for the political gatherings.

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