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Police Department Prepares for All-Star Game Activities

Police officials joined city leaders and officials from Major League Baseball Wednesday in providing traffic and safety information in preparation for up to 100,000 visitors to next week’s all-star game and related festivities.

“It is our priority to provide a safe environment not only for our guests, but for our residents and businesses as well, so everyone can spend an enjoyable week in our city,” Police Chief John Welter said. “We have spent many months in partnership with law enforcement agencies, and we are prepared to welcome baseball fans from around the world to Anaheim.”

The department – working with MLB and Angels Baseball – formed an Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force. They warned would-be counterfeiters that undercover officers will aggressively enforce the law during the July 9-13 events.

They also outlined road closures for related event and transportation and parking options.

To read Orange County Register coverage of the press conference, click here.

To read the city’s press release, which outlines road closure and event information, click here.

Anaheim PD Works to Provide Safe Environment for Angels Fans

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Enjoy the Angels-Yankees playoff games. But do so safely.

That’s the message being broadcast across Southern California as the Angels prepare for tonight’s Game 4 of the American League Championship series.

KTLA was among the television stations at the stadium yesterday; click on the image above to view reporter Manny Medrano’s report.

The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times also published articles encouraging responsible enjoyment of the playoff games.

Police Add DUI Patrols Around Stadium During Playoffs

The Anaheim Police Department will be joined by other law enforcement agencies around Angel Stadium for today’s and Thursday’s playoff games in a crackdown against drunken driving.

“We remember Nick Adenhart, Courtney Stewart, Henry Peason, Jon Wilhite and the countless others who have been the victims of DUI drivers,” said Police Chief John Welter. “We will work hard to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

To read the press release, which includes important safety and traffic tips, click here.

APD Reminds Angel Fans Not to Get Out of Hand

As the Angels prepare to host the American League Championship Series this week, police remind fans to follow a few rules.

Click on the image below to read the article published today on the Orange County Register’s Web site.

Orange County Register

Need Tickets to Angels-Yankees Game 3? Auction to Benefit Cops 4 Kids

An auction is under way for four tickets to game three of the Anaheim Angels playoff series against the New York Yankees.

The game is scheduled for Monday at 1:37 p.m. The seats are in the city of Anaheim’s suite.

Bidding started earlier today at $500 for all four tickets. As of 2:30 p.m., the price was up to $1,000.

Proceeds from the auction benefit Cops 4 Kids, a police department charity that benefits Anaheim school children.

The auction ends Sunday at 9 p.m.; the winner can pay using cash, credit card, Pay Pal or check.

Email gmeza@anaheim.net if you’re interested.

Good luck.

Unless Going to Playoff Games, Avoid Angel Stadium Area

The police department issued an advisory today encouraging residents and visitors to avoid the stadium area Monday, Tuesday and next Thursday before and after Anaheim Angels playoff games – unless, of course, you have tickets.

Sgt James Kazakos works the 2002 World Series

Sgt James Kazakos works the 2002 World Series

Ticket holders are encouraged to carpool and to arrive early to minimize congestion. The Angels play the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

“This is an exciting time for the city of Anaheim and for the Angels,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez. “To ensure the best experience possible for everybody, please prepare for heavier than normal foot and automobile traffic. It will probably take a little longer to get in and out of the stadium.”

  • Monday’s game starts at 1:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 4:57 p.m.
  • If necessary, Thursday’s game will start at 4:57 p.m.

To read the police department’s advisory, which also includes important safety tips, click here.

And to read a recent interview with Sgt. Jerry Blair, who heads Angel Stadium security, click here.

An Inside Look at Angel Stadium Security

Note: The following story was published in today’s edition of the Anaheim Bulletin.

The world watched this summer as unruly fans in Los Angeles hurled rocks and bottles, overturned cars and set bonfires in the street after the Lakers won the National Basketball Association championship.

Sgt. Jerry Blair with officers Edgar Hampton and Garrett Cross

Sgt. Jerry Blair with officers Edgar Hampton and Garrett Cross

Los Angeles isn’t the first – nor will it be the last – place where fans have rioted after a major sporting championship.

Anaheim police are well aware of what can happen.

As the Angels head to the playoffs with one of the best records in baseball, police are preparing to ensure it doesn’t happen here.

“Anaheim is one of the safest places anywhere to watch a professional sporting event,” said Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter. “We have an outstanding relationship with the Angels – and the Ducks – which helps ensure all fans have as safe and enjoyable an experience as possible.”

Of course, Hunter notes, it’s a challenge to manage more than 45,000 passionate people during a big game. Sometimes, fans get out of hand.

Behind the Badge asked Sgt. Jerry Blair, who manages special events and stadium security for the police department, to discuss the preparations.

How does the department work with the Angels?

We work closely with them. I can sit with the team president to discuss safety and security issues. Our open dialogue continues to provide enhanced security.Anaheim Bulletin

Anaheim hosts the All-Star game next year. You visited St. Louis to witness how police there handled it. What did you learn?

The primary observation I made was the importance of coordination. A variety of people from different city departments, including police, Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals and outside agencies worked closely together. It was a huge undertaking and watching it unfold successfully was impressive.  I know the relationships we have will be a huge help as we continue to put our plan together.

What’s the biggest challenge of managing a major event?

The biggest challenge, and most important element, is planning.  We have hosted a World Series, Stanley Cup and two world championship parades.  In January of every year (in a single day) we host Supercross at the stadium, a mixed-martial arts fight or Ducks game at the Honda Center, all while staffing the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at the Anaheim Convention Center.  We have plenty of experience in the execution of large events in multiple locations.

What advice would you give fans?

Don’t purchase tickets from unknown street vendors. There’s a good chance they could be fraudulent.  Don’t consume alcohol in the stadium parking lot. It is illegal. Most importantly, treat everyone with respect and enjoy yourself at the games.