"You can’t tell me that the City of Florence doesn’t have some form or fashion of raising the money or at least contributing some money to keep this going. I know we have tons of officers that are there that have to keep things in line; but maybe cut back on the amount of them we have there this year and save a little money. Then if something does breakout and happen, have some that are on standby for support? I mean I know half these guys don't even want to be down there, most of the time just standing around just in case something happen."
The main priority of the police presence is that an alarming number of children go missing in the crowd. As soon as we decreased the number of officers there and a child was abducted you guys would be on here complaining that the lazy cops didn't want to help and just didn't even show. The fourth of July is one of the busiest nights for the city. All the patrol officers working are very busy and off duty officers are required for the event. Maybe a good happy medium would be private security. But then gain money is the issue. The city pays for the police but the problem is with sponsors.