Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th

On July 4th every year my agency has to coordinate a parade in town.  We have to all but close the whole town to vehicle traffic for about four or five hours.  We detour vehicles around the edge of the city, including Metro Transportation buses.

There is a lot of planning that goes into such an event.  Notify the public transit systems. Notify the fire department, neighboring fire departments, notify neighboring police and sheriff departments too.  Make sure all city agencies are aware of what's happening.  Get the buy in of elected officials, and notify the newspapers.

Post no parking signs a week ahead of time, if possible.  Get officers on site hours before the event so that any parked vehicles that are blocking traffic for the event.  Mobilize your staff months ahead of time.  I bring in every reserve officer, every cadet, every parking control officer and as many regulars I can get to come in, and extra dispatchers.  Large event's require large staffing; that's what the SGT Says.

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