Multi-agency communications center ready for DNC

by: Tina Terry Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Saturday the U.S. Secret Service gave Eyewitness News an inside look at what it will take to protect thousands of visitors during the Democratic National Convention.

Agents gave the media a tour of the Multi-Agency Communication Center.  The facility is miles from Uptown Charlotte, but about 50 agencies will use it to monitor events during the DNC.

"We have access to all of the cameras, technology needed for the entire event and be aware of what's going on at any location of the event," said Deputy Chief Ruth Story of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

Officials said they would use North Carolinas Department of Transportation cameras and other cameras throughout the city of Charlotte to monitor the event.

Agencies such as FEMA, the FBI, and even Amtrak, will share the facility.  As they gather information they will relay it to their departments so they can respond appropriately. 

"No one agency can do this alone, so we need this culmination," said Max Milien, Jr. Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service.  

The facility opens Sunday at 9 a.m.  and will be manned 24-hours a day starting Monday.