Riverbend is less than a month away and a few changes will be seen this time around.
Chief Bobby Dodd, Chattanooga Police Department said, "At this time based on the meetings that I have been in earlier this week, Chattanooga Police Department is not going to be involved inside the venue at all." Representatives with Friends of the Festival stated that the event will be sufficiently and properly staffed for a safe and secure festival with the addition of hired private security officers. Amy Morrow, Friends of the Festival Public Relations said, "Safety is our main concern. Of course thats no issue. When you look at the economic impact of all most 25 million dollars. We are not concerned of spending a couple of hundred thousand dollars on security because thats what matters most."
Chattanooga Police Department will have a coordination effort with the private security. They will walk them through what they have done in the past, and how to best handle the crowds. Chief Dodd said, "Its like any other venue, the private security handles a lot of festivals. Private securities handle a lot of businesses around town, so if its something they can't handle as licensed security officers, they can certainly call the police department and we will respond."
Morrow said, "Riverbend will be safe. It will be secure like I said. Thats number one. Number two is entertaining people, but we have to maintain a safe environment and thats our top priority." Riverbend is set to kick off June 7th.