Law on parade
Extra law enforcement officials coming to town for New Year’s Day festivities
By André Coleman 12/27/2012
If you plan on attending the Rose Parade or the Rose Bowl Game, be advised: Law enforcement officials will be out in droves from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2.
“There will be a presence of uniformed officers and plainclothes men out there,” said Pasadena Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls. “We don’t want to disclose the number of plainclothes men and where they will be, because we want to make sure we have eyes and ears at the parade route and at the game.”
According to Qualls, local police officers won’t be alone at the festivities. The city is spending $900,000 on additional patrols by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and $500,000 on patrols by the California Highway Patrol. In addition, agents with the FBI, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Secret Service will be at the parade and the game.
While the Secret Service is usually associated primarily with protecting the president, “We have no information that the president will be in town for the parade or the game,” Qualls confirmed.
The massive police presence will be there primarily to ensure no one disrupts the parade like actor Andrew Koenig — who played Boner on “Growing Pains” — tried to do in 2008, when he attempted to protest civil rights’ abuses in China by stepping in front of the country’s float, celebrating China’s hosting the Olympics that year.
Last year, hundreds of people from the Occupy Movement threatened to disrupt the parade but instead marched after the last float passed by as law enforcement officials looked on.
The airspace over the parade and the Rose Bowl will once again be deemed no-fly zones. Since the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, on Sept. 11, 2001, authorities have been conducting random searches on campers parked near and along the parade route. The searches will continue this year, according to Qualls.
“We want people to come into Pasadena and enjoy a great festive event. We bring the law enforcement in to ensure [people] will be able to enjoy those festivities without any problems,” Qualls said.