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(A) The Chief of Police shall determine whether and to what extent additional police protection is reasonably necessary for the public assembly, parade, neighborhood association parade or block party for traffic control and public safety. The Chief of Police shall base this decision on the size, location, duration, time and date of the event, the expected sale or service of alcoholic beverages, the number of streets and intersections blocked, and the need to detour or preempt citizen travel and use of the streets and sidewalks. The speech content of the event shall not be a factor in determining the amount of police protection necessary. If possible, without disruption of ordinary police services or compromise of public safety, regularly scheduled on-duty personnel will police the event. If additional police protection for the public assembly is deemed necessary by the Chief of Police, he shall so inform the applicant for the permit. The applicant then shall have the duty to secure the police protection deemed necessary by the Chief of Police at the sole expense of the applicant.
(B) Persons engaging in public assemblies, parades, neighborhood association parades or block parties conducted for the sole purpose of public issue speech protected under the First Amendment are not required to pay for any police protection provided by the city.
(C) The sponsor of any public assembly, parade, neighborhood association parade or block party which is also subject to police protection fees under Chapter 118 of this code shall not be charged for police protection as a result of this chapter.
(Ord. G-32-96, passed 12-3-96)