Don't count Police Chief Kurt Wahlen among the supporters of Post Prom. From his perspective, the annual event is a security nightmare.
"It worries me," Wahlen said Tuesday during the Police and Fire Commission meeting. "We can't cover all of our bases."
During this year's Post Prom, an 18-year-old man was arrested after shooting a handgun in the air below the YMCA. Another teenager got a citation for carrying a BB gun into the bleachers outside of Post Prom.
Wahlen invited members of the commission to watch next year's Post Prom from the police and fire departments' command vehicles outside of Festival Hall.
"It's a life-changing experience," Wahlen said. "It's depressing. I think it's depressing."
He said girls, in particular, act inappropriately. Two young women were taken from the scene in ambulances. At least one of the incidents involved drinking; paramedics found a teenager lying under a picnic table, abandoned by her friends.
"There's no ladies there, that's for sure," said Marie Black, a member of the Police and Fire Commission.