The city expects to triple its police presence during the convention by borrowing officers from agencies within OH and around the country.
In the Reuters interview, Tomba said he has emailed the chiefs of police sending personnel to Cleveland, "reassuring them we are prepared and let them know we can not pull the plan off without them", he said.
I'm nervous as hell. Multiple local and national organizations have complained that Cleveland city and police officials provided unclear guidance on how organizations could apply for demonstration and parade permits.
"We do not want to talk nor will we talk about security tactics", Cleveland spokesman Dan Williams said. In Cleveland, the attack raised another potential threat during the July 18-21 convention, when Donald Trump is expected to receive the Republican nomination for president.
More than 50,000 convention attendees, 15,000 media members and untold thousands of protesters will descend on Cleveland for the convention. Many big cities turned Cleveland down, saying they were unable to spare officers, Tomba said.
"I'm nervous as hell", said Nina Turner, a former Democratic state senator from Cleveland, who co-chairs the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, an initiative by Republican Gov. John Kasich. The American Civil Liberties Union of OH also sued the city on behalf of several organizations upset by a short and restrictive protest route that would have kept marchers away from the Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the GOP convention.
"Planning is in its final stages with only 12 days remaining until the gavel falls here in Cleveland signaling the start of the 2016 Republican National Convention", said Convention CEO Jeff Larson in a news release.
The slaying of the Dallas officers, following fatal shootings of two black men by white officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, adds gasoline and a match to planned convention protests, Turner said. "To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is unsafe and irresponsible".
Are police departments pulling out for fear of another attack on law enforcement?