Erie police are beefing up patrols for the more than 100 thousand bikers expected to hit the shores of Lake Erie for the eighth annual Roar On The Shore event that kicks off this Wednesday.
The event has grown in popularity since the first year, bringing in around 120 thousand people from across the country to Erie.
Officers from the Erie Police Department will work extra hours this week to keep Roar On The Shore participants safe.
Added patrols will be downtown for the event that is spread out throughout downtown from Fourth Street to Twelfth Street.
They'll collaborate with private security hired by the event coordinators.
Despite the large crowds, Deputy Chief Don Dacus says it's typically a peaceful event.
Officers will be on foot as well as bicycles so they can maneuver through the crowds.
Dacus says they want to make sure everyone has a good time but is safe at the same time.
During last year's Roar, there were seven, summary violations during the event.
Dacus says none of those people were part of the Roar activities.
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