Most of Pittsburgh’s nearly 900 police officers are taking part in training on possible confrontations with likely crowds of protesters during September’s G-20 summit of world leaders, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Instructors from the Alabama-based Center for Domestic Preparedness, a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are teaching the course.
City officials hope to have as many as 4,000 police officers on hand for the G-20 on Sept. 24-25. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said the event’s total public safety price tag could fall between $10 million and $20 million. It’s unclear where the money will come from, but Ravenstahl said some of the federal stimulus funds approved by Congress and the president this year could be one source.