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Peoria Police Ready For Large July 4th Crowd



Peoria Police are expecting 70,000 to 100,000 attending UnityPoint Health Methodist Proctor Red, White and Boom along their riverfront. That means a lot of police presence to keep people in line.

"Anywhere from State Street to the Murray Baker Bridge we'll have officers who will be on the grounds from approximately 4 p.m. on," Lt. Steve Roegge tells 1470 & 100.3 WMBD.

"We'll have some officers on Segways and even in golf carts."

Roegee says this year Starsky and Hutch, the department's two Armadillos, will be present on the riverfront along with its Tactical Operations Center.

"We don't have any threats or any issues of that nature," Roegge says.

"But, at every event we do review our security and safety plans to sometimes try and upgrade them."

Roegge says the public can help too.

If you see a problem, report it to an officer on the scene or you can call the Police Department's non-emergency number at 673-4521.

That frees up 911 for emergencies throughout the city.

Roegge says police are asking those along the riverfront to be careful and courteous of one another.

"We ask you follow all city ordinances whether it deals with alcohol, littering or fireworks," says Roegge.

"Sparklers, we know kids are going to have them. Just use them in a safe manner. We just want people to be as safe as they can."

Roegge says you should resist the temptation to being your pets to the fireworks.

"Any dog can bite, your dog doesn't have to be vicious in any way," Roegge says. "But if something happens...a young kid walks by, somebody grabs it or does something the wrong way, or the dog gets scared...it can bite you."

And, Roegee says, keep your snake at home, too.

"We've had snakes down there. We get a lot of concerns over people walking around with a snake. Each year there's been an issue."

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