Charlotte Police Training For 2012 Convention
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is training Charlotte police officers as part of preparations for the Democratic National Convention.
A three-day training course begins Monday.
A spokesman for the federal agency says the federal government is paying for the training.
Preparations for providing security for President Barack Obama and the convention's 35,000 delegates and visitors have ramped up recently.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has sent letters to other police departments requesting assistance, including from Hickory, Greensboro, Concord and Monroe. The Charlotte police force is expected to increase by 2,400 officers for the four-day event that begins Sept. 3, 2012.