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Law enforcement agencies updated on DNC security

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Hundreds of representatives from law enforcement agencies across the state arrived at the North Carolina Police Executives Association Conference on Monday in Cabarrus County.

"This is probably the last time that all of the police chiefs, police executives from North Carolina will get together before the DNC, so we're going to share some very specific information with them," said Medlock.

The convention is seven weeks away, beginning Sept. 3 in Charlotte.

Deputy Chief Harold Medlock, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, who has been a board member for the group for seven years says this meeting will allow officials to "develop relationships so that we can help each other out when the time comes."

He says those relationships now are more important than ever.

About 230 executives representing 65 agencies in North Carolina on the local, state and federal level were attending the conference. On Monday, they heard a 20 minute update, closed to the media, on what to expect during that week in September.

"The kinds of jobs and the work they'll be doing. Just sharing some last minute, up-to-date information that we have regarding some of the folks we expect to come to Charlotte," said Medlock.

The event, in its 66th year, also updates officers on new legislation and other public safety issues. Eighty vendors are also there showcasing the latest gear, many of which Medlock said are part of the DNC security plan.

Medlock said even though there's plans in place, they'll remain fluid up to and even during the convention.

"We are right on track with where we expected to be at this time in the planning, but again it's a very fluid event," he said.

Officers said they're expecting small changes to continue, but they're ready to adapt to those as they happen.

NCPEA board members say moving the conference from it's coastal location the last four decades is also giving officers from across the state a chance to get familiar with the Charlotte area.

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