Amherst Reviewing Policy on Who Pays Costs for Police at Events

April 14, 2018
The Ride for Roswell is among the many events that require assistance from police and other first responders.  (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

People in Amherst are getting good workouts for good causes – and so is the Police Department.

Sponsored walk, run and bike events are getting more popular in the town, growing to 39 last year, according to the Town Clerk’s Office.

But that growth has presented a problem for town officials. Many of the events have enough participants, or are routed through enough busy roads, that police officers on overtime are required for traffic and crowd control.

“People are living healthier lifestyles, so there’s more of these,” said Police Chief John Askey. “People want their event or program to be known, so they want it to be in a high profile area.”

But who pays the costs for police presence? Not the sponsors, in many cases.
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