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Police Continue Training for G-8

The G-8 summit is fast approaching. Thousands of members of the international media are coming to Savannah and protestors are expected to gravitate toward that media presence. So local law enforcement have been training nonstop. You've probably seen them in groups all over town. They were training again this morning.

They've been training since last October, and they've been training in mass numbers to deal with anything that comes their way.

"You have to prepare for the worst," said Lt. George Walker of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. "We have honestly no idea what's coming. We hope if protesters come, they do their protest and their demonstrations and every thing goes smoothly. If it doesn't, if things get out of hand, we're prepared to deal with it."

For the last seven months, this select group of police officers have been training for one of the biggest events to ever hit the Coastal Empire. It's an event known to bring some of the most radical protestors from all over the world.

"The G-8 tends to be a protest magnet and and we have to be ready to both assure the protestors' right to protest and ensure our local citizens they'll be protected, that there will be no violations of the law that we can't handle," said Lt. Donald Lee.

While Savannah-Chatham police continue to train for the worst possible scenario, they'll also be training to protect those individuals who have every right to protest. "Come, by all means protest, express your rights, express your opinions," said Lt. Lee. "Don't step on anybody else's rights and don't try to do damage."

For more information on the G-8 Summit and what you can expect as far as traffic and safety, visit the official Savannah-Chatham G-8 website.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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