81
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      Patrols increase for Cherry Festival

      The Traverse City Police Department is ramping up its efforts and trying to stay one step ahead of a growing number of visitors on the streets.

      The Traverse City Police Department is ramping up its efforts and trying to stay one step ahead of a growing number of visitors on the streets.

      They have increased the number of patrols for the holiday and National Cherry Festival and have additional officers assigned to areas around downtown.

      Officers are expected to be on motorcycles, police boats on the water, and more bicycle patrols equipped with emergency medical service equipment in an effort to get through crowds and traffic faster.

      Not only will there be more officers out, they will be using some out of the ordinary methods of trying to be in the right place at the right time.

      ??It decreases our response time to possible medical or you know somebody's life could be in danger so we need to decrease our response time and being able to get there faster is the main reason,?? said Traverse City Police Sgt. Keith Gillis.

      According to the Traverse City police, during festival week there will be about 23 officers from road patrol, and they are bringing in 25 extra reserve officers.