Wichita police helping people have a fun, safe Riverfest

A Wichita Police officer walks through the crowds at Riverfest on Sunday, June 5, 2016 making sure everyone is having a good time while keeping an eye on safety. (Photo: KSN/Shardaa Gray)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – From the Wagonmasters River Tour to helicopter rides and jet ski races, there’s been a lot to take in at Riverfest in Wichita on Sunday.

While there are tens of thousands of people attending the annual event, Wichita police officers are busy making sure everyone is safe.

If you attended River Festival on Sunday, you may have seen police officers on horseback, driving around in golf carts, walking through the festival and riding bikes. They say they’re there to promote public safety.

KSN tagged along to see what River Festival is like from their perspective.

We rode around with Sgt. Kelly O’Brien Sunday, and most of the calls he dealt with were related to medical emergencies.

“We want people to have a safe enjoyable Riverfest experience, and that starts being prepared,” said O’Brien.

One of the biggest problems people encounter at Riverfest is dehydration, people walking around without water.

“EMS has had to respond to several festival goers,” O’Brien said. “Friday night, five people were transported to hospitals because of medical conditions. Two were transported on Saturday,”

And, when it comes to keeping the peace, so far there’s been only one arrest during the event.

“Saturday night, an individual was drunk and disorderly, and he had three bench orders for his arrest, and he was arrested for those warrants and taken in for jail,” O’Brien said.

During the parade on Friday, O’Brien said one unusual event occurred when a deer jumped past the crowd and started running through the parade.

While officers continue to look for anything out of the ordinary, other than people having fun, the police are asking for your help to keep things safe.

“If something doesn’t seem right, officers are accessible and they’re available. You’ll see them at the Riverfest and other events, and let them know if something doesn’t look right, or if you’re concerned about the safety of someone.”

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