Sunday, May 10, 2009

Leaders Push for Police Presence at Block Parties

"In light of the recent violence at a block party, city leaders, MAD DADS and church leaders have proposed a change to a city ordinance requiring off-duty officers to be present at these large gatherings. "

"Private residents must already obtain a permit to have a block party but this revision would make them financially responsible for the police presence. "

"We feel this is necessary to provide sufficient security, to control the unexpected amount of attendees including children, the elderly and families," said Donald Foy, president of MAD DADS. "

"According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the price for an officer can vary depending on the function. But all events with alcohol are required to have two officers or more depending on the number of people in attendance. Standard rates are $28 per hour for an officer."

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