Riley County Police Announce New Years Eve Plans

MANHATTAN, KAN. – Due to heightened security at public events nationwide the Riley County Police Department will have an increased presence at some large community functions, those that meet an undisclosed criteria, in the future. This increased police presence is out of an abundance of caution and not a result of direct threats or increased danger to the community, its safety, or future event participants.

“A conscious decision has been made by RCPD to provide additional resources at some of these events to include an increase in visible police presence. This increase in personnel at events is intended to improve safety and security…” Josh Kyle, patrol commander for the Riley County Police Department.

Attendees of the New Year’s Eve event in Manhattan on December 31, 2015 will see this increased presence first-hand though no threats of violence have been made. Those attending the event are asked to assist law enforcement by avoiding parking vehicles on or near Moro Street between 11th Street and N. Manhattan Ave. Police also ask that attendees only carry bags and backpacks that are necessary to enjoy the event comfortably.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.