Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara received the green light to step up security, which is a good thing in the wake of recent violent outbreaks at football games at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, Oakland's O.co Coliseum in Oakland, and San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.
The Santa Clara City Council on Tuesday approved spending $200,000 on background and reference checks for "a significant number" of police officers - current or retired within three years - to help patrol the new stadium when it opens in 2014. The rate of pay? A total of $55 an hour.
Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said these special event officers will be on the lookout to patrol the stadium during football games and concerts, keeping fans safe. He said all new hires will go through rigorous checks, as is required by law for any police agency.
Most officers are expected to moonlight from the Santa Clara police department and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's departments, but any law enforcement officer is allowed to apply.
However, San Jose police officers, by department policy, are not allowed to work at the new stadium because the department does not allow officers to “double badge," according to spokesperson Heather Randol.
Off-duty Santa Clara police officers will be given first choice for eligible shifts.