By Ariella Rams
Anaheim’s citizen’s academy students took a fieldtrip this week to the Anaheim Angels Stadium for a course on special events.
“We have a professional hockey team, a professional baseball team, the Grove and the Convention Center,” Sgt. Jerry Blair, who joined the PD in 1990. “We have 360 events per year that we staff, not including Disney or individual traffic control.”
Anaheim PD’s special events detail contracts for anything as small as a quincenera or high school football games.
“All officers have their regular jobs doing patrol or homicide, and so on,” says Sgt. Blair. “They can put themselves on a list to volunteer for events, and I work out a schedule that will fit the events and the officers alike.”
No matter the event, the number one concern of the department is safety. Even if the event goes seemingly flawlessly, the first thing Sgt. Blair does is look to see how it can be made safer.
At Angels Stadium, there are between 31,000 to 33,000 attendees nightly.
“We make it safer by patrolling the parking lots before hand,” he says. “No one wants a $300 drinking ticket, but we don’t want fights or homicides on our hands either. This is a great way to prevent that and keep the venue and everyone that attends safe.”
Sgt. Blair then took the class on a walking tour of the stadium—from the media box seats, to the dugout suits and finally, into the dugout.
“I grew up in Anaheim, I used to buy the $4.75 tickets for way up in the nosebleeds,” he told the class. “Now I work here, in the stadium. I’m here every day and I love it. I genuinely love the guys I work with and the opportunity this position in the Police Department has given me.”
Filed under: PACE Education Program