There is a Ying and a Yang
to the operation of the Tweeter Center Parking Lot. In a given season, the Center hosts shows from "bubble-gum" to "hard-rockin"
music and groups. In essence, each concert brings a different crowd. Police Chief O'Neill knows this and staffs
details accordingly. I have no argument with this flexibility, just with the numbers involved.
Having watched several arrests,
I can relate that an arrest consumes several detail officers, Center security personnel, and time during which these people
are not available for other patrol.
I also say
"MORE & ALWAYS VISIBLE FIRE DETAILS"
There is no Ying and a Yang to fire. Fire
is an equal opportunity danger and potential killer. Unlike human offenders with whom rationale usually works,
there is no soft approach that works with fire. Every encounter is a fight... and thus the term, "firefighter!" Visible
fire details work in three respects; as 1) assurance 2) a reminder of the need for caution... and most importantly,
3) the immediate first reponder/authority to command the crowd and suppression until Engine Cos. / Lieutenant
/ Deputy Chiefs / Chiefs / etc arrive, if called. The party-going patron's "second guessing" the need
to call for help, whether out of embarrassment, bravado, or ignorance, is a prelude to a more serious fire problem.
I DON'T KNOW THE ECONOMICS OF CONCERT PRODUCTION...
BUT 20,000 ATTENDEES AT AN AVERAGE TICKET OF
$50 EQUALS $1,000,000.
ASSUMING $250/DETAIL, 20 MORE DETAILS IS
A MINOR INVESTMENT
IN RETURN FOR FAR GREATER CONTROL AND SAFETY.
Finally... every police officer,
fire fighter and Tweeter Center security / parking attendant with whom I interacted in any way was friendly and
respectful. And, considering the absurd road resources with which the police officers work, I believe that they
do a remarkable job spiriting the traffic along.
While it is recognized that this
site could be viewed as negative, inflammatory... or even as "Chicken Little," forecasting gloom, it is not meant to be. It is merely what has been observed, chronicled, and
represented in public pictures. There is no definition of "is" here. What "is" has been tangibly represented.
Perhaps, as a final argument, one could state that I
don't understand all of the complicating factors which keep all the "Status/es Quo." I'm certain that I don't!
But, in the final analysis, my ignorance doesn't affect the
IT IS WHAT IT IS... AND, THIS REPORT REPRESENTS MY
VIEW OF IT!