Aug 12

Boats armed with machine guns to patrol RNC (Click Orlando, Aug 9, 2012):

TAMPA, Fla. – Law enforcement agencies are planning to boost their patrols of Tampa’s waterways during the Republican National Convention.

The RNC will be held later this month on the city’s waterfront. Federal and local law enforcement agencies say they’ll saturate the waterway with armed boat patrols.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says machine guns and infrared technology that can pick up body heat are among the new tools being mounted onto boats for the patrols.

U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Judy Silverstein says the marine units are prepared for “everything that could possibly happen.”

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