CHARLOTTE -- More than 100 members of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police will depart for Chicago Friday to help maintain order during this weekend's summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Thousands of protesters are expected to be in Chicago during the summit.
Police leaders said the event give officers invaluable experience and training in crowd control ahead of September's Democratic National Convention. CMPD will send a mix of junior and veteran officers who will test out the department's new protective gear. Beyond the boots on the ground, CMPD will also have eyes on the screens to observe how Chicago's central command oversees the overall security operation.
"We're also sending several command officials up there as observers so they'll be able to look at a number of different approaches the city of Chicago takes, how they interact with other law enforcement agencies," said CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe.
After those participating return next week, they'll debrief the rest of the department on what they learned. and what security elements they can implement later this year when a similar wave of protesters arrive in the Queen City.