Rochester, New York – On Thursday, officials from the Rochester Police Department announced safety plans for the upcoming Memorial Day in regards to Ontario Beach Park.
According to authorities, they are expecting a large turnout at the beach and the adjacent park for the holiday weekend, and they say additional patrols will be added with assistance from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.
RPD officials announce a new patrol partnership with the sheriff’s office and state police earlier this month, due to staffing issues, and an increase in violent crime.
According to police, if the area gets too crowded, they will consider closing the parking lots and area streets if “the volume of activity of those visiting becomes unsafe”.
Visitors to the beach over the holiday weekend can expect to see foot patrols and bike patrols, along with vehicle patrols that normally occur, officials said.
In order to ensure safe roads for the holiday weekend, RPD and their law enforcement partners urge people to not drink and drive, and to use a designated driver, or rideshare services. They also said, “if you see something, say something; call 911 so we can do something.”