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Tropical Storm Isaac could force some RNC security changes

4:51 PM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - 3,500 officers from nearly 60 different agencies from around the state were supposed to arrive in Tampa today to help cover the Republican National Convention.

But Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee revealed Thursday that not everyone will be able to make it, because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

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"It's hard to quantify, but I know like, Monroe County, they possibly will not be coming... obviously the Keys and those counties," Gee tells 10 News. "[But] we have a large contingent from Broward and those counties, and so far they are telling us they are good to go."

To compensate for the loss, Gee says he has been talking with the Governor about using more National Guard troops during the convention.

Police Chief Jane Castor said she was not aware of any officers that could not make it yet, but said National Guard troops would likely be used elsewhere to ensure everyone who was trained for the RNC could be in Tampa.

"Our best case scenario for us here would be that everyone who has committed and has trained and equipped would come here and if anything occurred say in South Florida that the National Guard would go there," Castor said.

Gee also said he thought convention officials would wait at least another day or longer before deciding if any events needed to be canceled because of Isaac.

Gee and Castor made their comments at a media event showing-off the Multi-Agency Communications Center (MACC).

The communications center was set up specifically for the convention.  Representatives from roughly 60 different law enforcement agencies and companies will be working together at MACC to share information during the RNC.

The location of MACC is being kept secret, as officials say they don't want the center to be a target of protesters or anyone wanting to cause damage.

MACC will be staffed 24 hours a day during the convention.

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