Cleveland officials say the city, its police department and other safety forces are well-prepared to provide security and medical care during the Republican National Convention.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump enters a news conference at Trump Tower where he addressed issues about the money he pledged to donate to veterans groups following a skipped a debate in January before the Iowa caucuses on May 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The city held a 90-minute news briefing Tuesday, less than a week after a North Carolina police department rescinded its offer to send 50 officers to Cleveland in July to help with the convention. The department said it had concerns about the city's readiness for an event expected to draw 50,000 people.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says thousands of police officers would be assigned to patrol outside the "hard" security zone surrounding the convention venue, Quicken Loans Arena.

The convention is expected to draw large crowds, both in support of and in opposition to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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