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Tallmadge man, business owner recalls RNC experience from the inside out

Published: August 14, 2016 12:00 AM
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Without a doubt, the security detail assignment for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was one of my company's -- SACS Consulting -- most challenging and rewarding experiences of all time.

My company had spent the last year engaging all facets of people involved in the planning of the RNC event. We had met and strategized with Cleveland Police, RNC Transition Team, federal agents, businesses inside and outside the security zone and news media both national and local. Our company also met with several other security companies to form partnerships of services. We also sub-contracted and worked with other professional organizations.

My company was the only private security organization that actually researched previous conventions and major events such as the G-20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, to determine the potential issues that may be encountered at the Cleveland RNC. Many of the private businesses and news media found our information very valuable. In addition, we could then utilize this research and data to better plan an overall security posture and individual security plans for specific businesses in the downtown and greater Cleveland area reference the RNC event. We were in demand to present this researched information to business organization across Northeast Ohio.

With our heavy involvement in the months before the RNC, our first security services request came from a company that needed us to transport a large number of workers in the potential range of 300 to 400 people per day. We would need to transport these people daily from two different confidential parking lots, outside the downtown Cleveland area, where they could leave their personal vehicles, we would secure their personal vehicles and we would then transport them to locations in downtown and surrounding Cleveland locations from a time range of 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Our second major security services request came from "The Purple Tent Event" at the RNC, which involved bringing politicians, major keynote speakers, dignitaries, visitors, etc. together to speak and rally about respect, caring and civility needs in our communities across the U.S. The color purple is the combination of the two colors of red and blue (Republicans and Democrats). This event drew large crowds on a daily basis, including many special dignitaries. This event required extensive security protocols that were provided by our SACS Team of Security Personnel.

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On Monday, the first day of the RNC, we received a request that for former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson to attend the Purple Tent Event as a keynote speaker on Tuesday, he would need a total security team to secure his safety. At this point, SACS had to re-evaluate the entire physical security of the Purple Tent Event, and increase the physical and ongoing security for Carson. Come Tuesday, the security at the Purple Tent Event was at its highest level, protection for Carson was provided without a hitch and the security for Carson was ongoing and his aides were highly impressed with our security delivery.

In addition to these two major security related events, we were asked to provide "plain clothes" intelligence and security for several major TV Networks where SACS was chosen specifically out of several other security providers in the region and outside the state of Ohio.

We completed our list of providing exclusive security services for camera crews of three divisions of CBS TV, MTV, BET, LOGO, VH1 and Nickelodeon. Additionally, corporation chairs, CEOs and other executives from across the U.S. were provided exclusive VIP Executive Protection 24/7.

Lastly, because both national and local TV/radio news media needed several daily security updates on the protest groups and other security updates our team of undercover personnel on the street provided constant feedback status and intelligence. With this intelligence information and working with law enforcement daily, I was able to provide daily news media updates live several times a day.

Throughout the entire event, the SACS Team of professionals and I met so many authentic and interesting people ... and everyone who visited Northeast Ohio was highly impressed.

Editor's note: Tim Dimoff is CEO/president of SACS Consulting and Investigative Services Inc. for 25 years. The company started off in Tallmadge for about 10 years before expanding into a location in downtown Akron. Dimoff, a former member of the Akron Police Department, was named Police Officer of the Year for state of Ohio by the Attorney General's Office. Three years later he was named one of the International Narcotics Officers of the Year in Montreal, Canada. Dimoff and his wife, Michelle, have called Tallmadge home for over 30 years and sent their three children through Tallmadge City Schools.

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