“It’s just understood,” he said.
Most non-parade Cherry Festival days will have 10 full-time and five reserve Traverse City police officers working the Cherry Festival. Heffner said most officers will be on foot, but those on motorcycles handle the most calls — for lost wallets, lost people or blocked cars — in congested downtown and bay front areas.
Tkach said lost children are the biggest security concern every year, but the festival has a 100 percent kids recovery rate, thanks to specific procedures developed over the years. He said attendees with questions should seek out festival staff and volunteers, who all have walkie-talkies and, typically, a red polo shirt.
“If anybody in public sees anything wrong or out place, bring it up,” he said. “We want to have a safe environment. We’re a family friendly event.”