Palo Alto's police officers would get to don the uniforms and insignia of their Santa Clara counterparts as part of a proposal that will allow them to moonlight at the new Levi's Stadium later this year.
The Santa Clara stadium is set to make its National Football League debut in August, as the new home for the San Francisco 49ers. Given the security needs of the new facility, Santa Clara Police Department has asked its neighbors, including Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View, for help with staffing during events. Other cities have already signed the agreement to assist Santa Clara, according to a report from Palo Alto City Manager James Keene. On Monday, the City Council will consider whether to answer the call and to let local officers work at the new stadium during their off hours.
In the report, Keene is recommending that the city participate in the stadium alliance "as a cooperative measure to support an allied law enforcement agency in providing adequate public safety resources for a significant regional venue, and to provide an outside employment opportunity for some Palo Alto police officers who have expressed interest in the position."
Under the conditions of the agreement, Palo Alto will retain the power to recall its officers at any time without prior notice. The City of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority will also indemnify the city for any losses or damages resulting from any civil claims or lawsuits involving an officer while on stadium duty. Santa Clara would also compensate officers for any injuries suffered by local officers while on duty at the stadium.
The report from Keene notes that Palo Alto officers who choose to participate in the Santa Clara program will be classified as reserve police officers and will wear Santa Clara police uniforms and insignias. They will, however, be able to hang on to their weapons and other "protective equipment" in order to "ensure familiarity and proficiency by the officer."