Riverfest may be last bang for several officers - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Riverfest may be last bang for several officers

By Corey McConnell - bio | email
Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati's soon-to-be dwindled police force is preparing for the busiest local weekend of the year.

Half a million people will descend on the riverfront on Sunday to celebrate Labor Day at Riverfest with all the pomp and circumstance the tradition usually carries. But it will go down as the worst day in a long time for the police department.

"We will provide safety we will provide the best safety we can," said Lt. Col. Vince Demasi with Cincinnati Police.

Riverfest also marks the last day on the job for 138 Cincinnati Police Officers.

Police say security will be the same as in past years, just with less officers directing traffic. But morale will be far from the same.

"We desperately need 'em," said Demasi. "These aren't people we don't use. These are the best and brightest and it's gonna affect us deeply."

Demasi says despite the loss, all Cincinnati Police Officers are sworn to protect and serve the public, and that's what they will continue to do.

"I can tell you that they're exceptional people and I can tell you their loss will be deeply felt by us all," he said.

Police are far from concerned about Riverfest. Demasi says that last year there was one arrest, and there were two arrests in 2007. They just ask that everyone be patient with traffic, because anytime you have half a million people in one place, there will be tie ups.


Related Stories:

Council member continue to look for ways to save police jobs
Riverfest may be last bang for several officers
City, unions go to court
Council members' plan to save police jobs would affect schools
Lawsuit filed over layoffs
City workers face pain, uncertainty
Council members call for 'special audit'
Chief upset over 'blue flu'
City leaders talk budget
Does budget have room for street cars, Banks?
Budget battle continues
More on the city budget
Police union reacts to budget cuts
City Council members angry because of no discussion about budget cuts
Council holds special meeting to talk budget
4 fire companies shutting down, no jobs lost
Fire department 'brownouts' begin
City, county leaders talk unified government
City manager: 319 jobs will be cut; over 100 are police
Council won't vote on recycling plan
Union leaders meet again with city officials

Copyright 2009 WXIX-TV and Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

Powered by Frankly