The city of Tampa Bay, Florida, received six proposals recently from companies vying to earn the contract to install a network of security cameras to cover downtown during the Republican National Convention.
A massive number of protesters are expected to gather outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum from August 27th to August 30th. Some 10,000 to 15,000 protesters demonstrated at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
The competition is stiff for each company that hopes to benefit from part of the $50 million in federal funds that Tampa is getting for convention security, which will include 3,000-4,000 law enforcement officers needed each day for the convention, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Tony Utset, a security consultant who used to manage the Miami Police Department’s $3 million closed-circuit camera system, told the Times that the bidding process will help the city choose from among a set of highly qualified candidates.
“For the city it’s a good thing, because it gives them variety,” Utset said. “You want good choices. There’s not a name on there that I would look at and tell you, ‘This guy has no business being on there.'”
The city said it will spend no more than $2 million on cameras and wants to have them in place by July 1, the source reported.