Wichita Riverfest security plan in place


If you check out the Wichita Riverfest starting tomorrow, you will see a large police presence.

“Officers in the area, they will be on horses, they’ll be on bike patrol, they’ll be in police ATV and on foot patrol,” says Sgt. Kelly O’Brien with Wichita Police. “And stop and talk to them. Tell them what your experiences are. Tell them what you think of Riverfest.”

KSN stopped by to see the equine unit and how it’s being prepped for Riverfest.

Sgt. Ed Brower with the WPD Mounted Unit was giving the horse Ranger a clipping.

“We just want to make them look good. We’ve got to get the horses nice and clean because kids will be petting them,” said Sgt. Brower.

Brower says they have been working with the Equines for about two weeks now to get them used to crowds and noise.

“We took them to bomb squad training so they will hear those noises. These horses will be out during the fireworks,” says Sgt. Brower.

Sgt. O’Brien says they encourage people to come up and talk to officers. And he says while they will have extra officers out for traffic control, they will also have cameras to look at crowds.

“We have different posts where we will observe from ,” says Sgt. O’Brien. “So the Riverfest area is observed with cameras and with officers from above and on the ground, both.”

Sgt. O’Brien also reminds you to leave the drone at home. 

“We discourage people from bringing drones into the area. We’ve had problems with that in the past,” says Sgt. O’Brien. “The FAA does have rules where you can’t fly within so many miles of a heliport, and we’re within a block of the heliport because Riverfest will actually be landing a helicopter down here for their flights.”

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