2009-07-02 / Local & State

G-20 Meeting In PA. May Require 4,000 Officers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh police chief says he may need four-times the number of officers he currently has if the city is to provide adequate security during the G-20 summit this fall.

Police Chief Nate Harper is hoping to have more than 4,000 officers on hand for the Sept. 24- 25 meeting on the global economy. The city currently has 877 police officers.

The Secret Service is coordinating the overall security, and Harper says help will be needed from dozens of cities in Pennsylvania and around the country. Pittsburgh officials also plan to seek help from state police in Maryland, New York and West Virginia.

About 10,000 officers worked the G-20 meeting in London in April.

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