CHARLOTTE -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country arrived Saturday at the Charlotte Police Training Academy, getting ready for what some say is the biggest event of their careers.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are not releasing the exact number of officers being brought in for the Democratic National Convention, but they did say there are hundreds and they are all ready for any challenge.
"We have them in all areas and all facets of the venues, the traffic assignments, the different visits, the routes people can expect to see different colored patches and uniforms from all over the place,” said Maj. Jeff Estes.
They said the agencies stretch from Texas to the New England area. Of course, officers from across North Carolina will work alongside CMPD as well.
"For me to close out my career by going to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, it's an honor for me. It's an honor for me to do it but most importantly it's an honor for me to represent the city of Greensboro and the Greensboro Police Department," said Lt. Michael Brodie.
The officers spent the day getting checked in and making sure they know their routes and assignments.
CMPD said most of the out-of-towners will be placed in uptown Charlotte during the convention.
Extensive planning has gone into pulling this off and CMPD said all of the officers are needed.
"The scope of this event, this many people coming here, it's a special security event. It's a large venue with a lot of moving parts. It is simply more than our local police department can do all on our own," said Estes.
CMPD said the hundreds of extra officers will be in town through the end of the week. They also said they will not be scaling down their patrol staff for the rest of Charlotte-Mecklenburg during the DNC.