CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is training Charlotte police officers as part of preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
A three-day training course began Monday.
A spokesman for the federal agency says the federal government s paying for the training.
He says the training is typical of any city planning for a major event.
"It really helps with what some of the specific needs are and how to manage the crowd and any potential situations that might come out of a high profile event, "said Derek Jensen, spokesperson for the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
Preparations for providing security for President Barack Obama and the convention's 35,000 delegates and visitors have ramped up recently.