Efforts to limit these incidents in recent years appear to be showing signs of success. Rochester police, the city, and festival organizers are turning to social media and other avenues to disseminate Public Service Announcements urging respectful and safe celebrations.
In recent years the number of arrests following the festival has declined. Last year fewer than 30 were reported and Chief James Sheppard at the time pointed out that a recent concert at Darien Lake reported nearly 70 arrests.
The festival plans to again close down activities two hours earlier than usual and a special police detail will remain in place to deter any activity this weekend.
“We definitely will have a presence out there we do have a detail but we hope it's not needed,” Officer Collins said.
"We have begun to see reduction in issues afterwards, the length of time that it happens also has reduced and I attribute that to our approach to be a little bit more proactive and the RPD and the City of Rochester,” Ortiz said.