Law Enforcement Prepares for Start of National Cherry Festival

The National Cherry Festival starts Saturday in Traverse City and tens of thousands of people are expected to be in town.

That means police will be working hard keeping everyone safe .

At the Open Space where it’s quiet now as people are putting on the finishing touches.

But this will be the center of activity once the festival starts.

It will also be one area police will watch closely.

We spoke to Traverse City police Friday morning about their plan this year.

They’ll once again have a unified command center with the sheriff’s department and state police. This allows them to have all their major resources in once place.

They’ll also be officers patrolling throughout the festival.

The city police department said their call volume can close to double some nights.

And one issue everyone has been talking about is parking and traffic, especially with Eighth Street closed.

Police have a plan, including for the two busiest nights of the festival. We’ll tell you what it is tonight on 9&10 News.

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