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Working special events...

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Rabbi, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    San AntonioTexas
    What kind of special events have you worked? Which ones did you like and which ones did you not like?

    I will be working my first one will be a long hot day at a county fair type event.

    Someone here should have some good event stories.
  2. Most bizzare was when I was detailed to babysit a HS prom. I could have sworn a few of the girls were headed to their night job at one of the local strip clubs after prom...

  3. Milltown


    Jul 22, 2008
    I haven't worked any special events yet, but am do to work one this Saturday. Big festival with a parade and fireworks and stuff going on all day. I'll end up working as an auxiliary to the local municipality because they really don't have the man power for the amount of people that attend the festival.

    I'll end up working from 0700-2300. Should be fun even though I have had no field training at all, not even a ride along. But they'll give me the spare truck and send me on my way, I just hope to look like I know what I am doing to all the people around me.
  4. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

    Sep 16, 2009
    NW Burbs
    Fireworks, parades, football games and HS dances, a few large family reunions and such. Seems the fireworks and reunions were the biggest PITAs I came across. Heat, booze and lots of people. Great combination.

    On the other hand, parades were a pain due to drivers always wanting to cut thru, and the inevitable arguments that cme with that crap.
  5. toddmog


    May 28, 2007
    County's okay because it's paid
    Town carshow...also okay...not paid, but lots of cool cars to see
    HS games...probably my favorite...getting to know the students
    Today, I worked on site for the filming of Extreme Makeover Home was stupid hot at around 109* and Ty Pennington was the least friendly of all the designers/stars.
  6. I am not a LEO, but I used to work for a small (pop. 28,000) city. My job was at a museum, but we were also part of the Special Event staff. I've worked plenty of special events and they all suck on some level. Some have fun bits that make it ok, but others are pure hell.

    The worst were the 4th of July Fireworks. So many low class people (10,000) packed into such a small park (one and a half blocks). Most of these folks were from outside the city, but it was so bad. The highlight of one year was the fight and stabbing. Yes, those mooks tried to come back the next year and yes, an officer recognized them and sent them packing.

    I personally couldn't stand what we called the gypsies. They would come to sell their crap without a vendor license. The police were too busy keeping fights from breaking out and watching out for booze and trouble makers that they didn't have the man power for petty rip-off artists. The event staff had to chase them off. The drunk cotton candy seller was my favorite. I thought he was going to pull a knife on me after I didn't take his bribe.

    The best year was when the PD got a grant to pay for OT for some county deputies and officers from a neighboring city. They also used the Explorers for all our events and those kids really did a good job.

    Sometimes I really miss it! LOL!
  7. PinkoCommie

    PinkoCommie Unusual Member

    Football games, basketball games, etc. (I work for a large University PD). Those are a pain, but the OT is good. Fireworks can be fun or not -- my favorite was one year when my buddy and I were right in the fallout zone on mountain bikes. Had to dodge a few embers, but had the best seat in the house for enjoying the show!
  8. madecov

    madecov book em' Danno

    Houston live stock show and Rodeo, followed by the Final Four
    It was horrible
  9. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    We're within hand grenade range of a large university football stadium. Six or seven days a year, we see about 80k-100k extra people pass through town and about half of those tailgate in town. I usually end up working 16-18 hours on those days and twelve hours the day before with only about a five hour turn call it 28-30 hours in a 36 hour period. It used to be fun, but the last couple years it has been a real drain. This will be my ninth year of it starting early next month. Ugh...a month out already.
  10. direct traffic at movie scenes, UFC events, concerts, football games,large public gatherings, demonstrations, hockey games... even one that ended in a riot. :cool:
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  11. I love special gigs. Those were my, ummm... specialty.

    I signed up for all of them just so I can get out of the car and walk a footbeat once in a while and get to interact more with the people.

    I've done:

    high school football games
    high school dances (homecoming, prom, etc.)
    college football games
    college basketball games
    college volleyball games
    public safety fair
    municipal celebrations (library grand opening, July 4th, annual autumn festival, etc.)
    Rose Parade traffic control (cold and miserable but the pay was great)
    Marathon traffic control (LA Marathon, charity 5k, etc.)
    Ride for Charity (various foundations)
    Stake-outs (when the dicks were overloaded)
    Community outreach/crime prevention/awareness
    Driver Safety instruction (for senior citizens)

    I'm sure there are more but whatever was out there, I volunteered for it.
  12. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

    Jan 2, 2008
    Lost Coast, Cali
    Most entertaining detail I work is a off duty security special detail at a fireworks store around the 4th of July. Ohio has an oddball law that for 2 weeks prior to July 4th, and 1 day after it, armed security has to work in all fireworks stores in the state. This is in response to an incident about 10 years ago when an MRDD went into a fireworks store in eastern Ohio and lit the ****er up; killed 6 people.

    Anyway, I have a buddy who is on another agency and we work the detail together most years, it's a chance to catch up, bull****, and make fun of people.

    Every year, I continue to be amazed by the sheer number of mouth breathing imbeciles who come to the store; kids barefoot and clothed in tattered rags, cars falling apart from age and disrepair; and these morons spend more than I make in a pay period on fireworks. It's obvious they haven't a pot to piss in and yet they are spending an insane amount of money on devices that make a loud noise. Makes me wonder who is actually funding their lil' party... oh wait...:steamed: There are a few obviously well to do people who filter in and drop some cabbage; last year was the record - 1 guy, a U Haul, and $16,000 worth of fireworks. Probably I should have called homeland security on that one... :whistling:
  13. scottydl


    May 31, 2005
    The Middle
    Major concerts are the best, because at least there's some entertainment built in. I've worked Harry Connick, Jr. (great musician and band), Lone Star, Cher, George Jones. Also magician David Copperfield, who is VERY secretive and particular about who sees backstage - even cops. And comedian Mike Epps, who was high as a kite when he came backstage... I shoulda gotten a search warrant for the tour bus. :upeyes:
  14. NASCAR, NHRA, and some other races. A few concerts and such also.
  15. 4th of July parades and/or fireworks EVERY year, both PITAs, but cool to be out with lots of decent taxpayers in a good mood. We also have a medium big fair but nobody under 15 years on touches that$$$.

    Presidential details a few times... one shift guarding "W"'s hotel stairway, one on top of a bridge watching rooftops near the motorcade ZZZZ, 2 general outer perimeter crowd control. Those are always cool. I've done nothing really in the big sports or Hollywood categories.

    HINT--- If you see a detail that always attracts the most senior officers... try and snag a spot. They've learned which are fun/easy and which are torture.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  16. jolly roger

    jolly roger

    Apr 28, 2001
    Knob Creek
    Quite a few concerts. Met ZZ Top, the Stones, Neil Young, a few others who were complete a**h***s. Those guys were cool though. A lot of ball games, Presidential details Reagan, Bushes, Clinton...and recently Obama...almost didn't mention that one :)
  17. SAR


    Apr 17, 2004
    LA LA Land
    Our special events run along the lines of the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, movie premieres, etc. I will work them on an on-duty basis, but I'm not real big on working them on an off-duty contract basis. The last one I actually worked on an off-duty contract basis was the NBA All Stars, and that was enough.
  18. lndshark


    Nov 15, 2009
    NOT the PNW (yet)
    With the exception of our Christmas parade, most special event details are in the summer. During the day. Humid, hot Michigan summers...why did I leave SoCal? Got one coming up this weekend. Oh well, it all pays the same! :rofl:
  19. madecov

    madecov book em' Danno

    Are you guys talking paid on duty or Off duty extra job type of stuff ?
  20. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    San AntonioTexas
    I was taking about off duty details in particular.

    For me (as a Reserve in Texas) I am, by statute, 100% a fully sworn peace officer 24/7...with one exception. I can only work off duty jobs that come through the department. (so says the Texas AG...)

    I pass on these gigs as I dont need the money and the full time guys can have them. (thus I have yet to work one) However, we ran out of full time guys and I was asked (thus I am now going to do one)

    I just wanted to hear other peoples thoughts on them.