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Published July 23, 2012, 11:14 AM

Republican National Convention safety in Florida

Tampa, FL. (WDAY TV) -- The city of Tampa, Florida is working with St. Paul to prepare for the Republican National Convention next month.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Tampa, FL. (WDAY TV) -- The city of Tampa, Florida is working with St. Paul to prepare for the Republican National Convention next month.

Tampa police have spent about 13 point 6 million dollars on big-ticket security items, including 200 bicycles, 13 electric A-T-Vs and one armored truck.

In 2008, protestors in St. Paul smashed cars, punctured tires and threw bottles in a confrontation with pepper-spray wielding police. Hundreds were arrested.

Congress has given Tampa 50 million dollars in taxpayer money for security.

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