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Cleveland Police and Secret Service ready for the RNC

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CLEVELAND,Ohio (AP) -

The Republican National Convention is now just four days away.

So is Cleveland ready?

The U.S. Secret Service and Cleveland Police say they are prepared for this national security level event.

There will be 73 law enforcement and government groups involved in the security plan for the RNC, including several local police agencies.

The goal is to keep everyone safe at an event where politics and protests could reach a boiling point.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service Richard Rowe, Jr. says, "We are prepared. We are ready to welcome the World to Cleveland."

The stage is set at the Quicken Loans Arena.

News outlets from all over the World have lined up their satellite trucks near the convention center.

Even some protesters are in place to get their message out.

And what security experts call global fencing is now being put in place to secure the perimeter where the main events will take place.

The FBI says at this point they know of no credible threats to the RNC. But they will keep their eyes out for any so-called lone wolves. Authorities have also been alerted about several groups that plan to protest and open carry weapons, including long guns.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says, "We've done this before. This is not the first time the city of Cleveland will see people open carry. We've had people with assault rifles and handguns and you name it. Our officers are used to it. We've handled it before. We have sort of tweaked our plan a little bit, our tactics to ensure that everybody is safe. Even that person that's open carrying."

And in light of what happened in Dallas the police chief says he's even revised the security plan for the RNC.

"Of course you make changes, not just based on Dallas, but based on everything that occurs around this country. But Dallas was a wake-up call for a lot of people," Chief Williams said.

The big picture, public safety and access so that people can get to where they need to go safely, and enjoy the experience in Cleveland.

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