Security prepared for possible protests despite scaled back DNC

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Even with a scaled back convention, security was still very tight around the Wisconsin Center Monday, Aug. 17.

It's not what police thought they were going to have to prepare for, but it still took a lot of preparation. Not just for building security, but for potential protests as well.

After 17 months of planning, the gates are up and security set. 

"It has involved a lot of planning, a lot of collaboration, a lot of changes, obviously," said Milwaukee's acting police chief Michael Brunson.

When Milwaukee authorities heard the convention was coming, they anticipated agencies from all over the country would come to help.

Now, it will be mostly local.

"With the scaled back nature of the event, we have enough we believe, we have an operation plan to make everyone safe in our city."

The Secret Service is helping as well, working with local authorities for the past 14 months.

Besides gating off the Wisconsin Center, the police have another obvious focus.

Not only have protests been going on in Milwaukee for the past 80 days, but a national event like a convention usually draws protesters as well. 

While the event is smaller this year, police say they're still ready.

"Our number one goal is to maintain safety in our city, to have a safe event, to allow citizens to exercise their right to protest, but to do it in a safe manner."

Along with Milwaukee police and sheriff, the chief says there are a couple of other local agencies helping out this week, but wouldn't give specific numbers.

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