Saturday, October 23, 2010

Event Deployment

Event deployment is a complex issue. Manpower availability, costs and expected problems all contribute to the factors determining how many officers are needed to staff an event. At our high school football games we can count on at most a thousand people showing up on a good night. Fewer people than that when it is raining or cold. The area is upper middle class and generally the crowd and the kids are well behaved.

We deploy two reserve officers with at least on black and white unit and most of the officers on duty will stop by for a few minutes to check on the game and extra patrol the event perimeter. I like to keep both officers together most of the time. . Park the unit in front where it is highly visible to the visiting side so they know there are police on site.

We do a perimeter patrol check soon after we arrive. Check the parking lots, and ticket sales areas and entrances. Then check the interior of the stadium to asses the crowd. Some of our visiting teams have a history of minor problems at the games and so school officials usually want use to extra patrol the visitor side of the stadium.

I try and stake out a good spot where I can see the visitor entrance, the field, and both sides of the bleachers. I then send my partner out to patrol those areas I can see, and to get close up views of the bleachers. When he returns I will perform a similar patrol in another part of the stadium. This way we always know one of us is at the static location and the general patrol zone of the other officer. High visibility at events helps to head off problems or to allow officers to intervene before they get out of hand; that’s what the SGT Says.

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