Pasadena Considers Increasing Budget for Sheriff’s Rose Parade Security by 36%

City Council will vote Monday on increasing funding for Rose Parade security

Published : Friday, November 2, 2018 | 5:25 AM

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies assist Pasadena police in clearing a demonstration from the Rose Parade route in 2014.

On Monday, the Pasadena City Council will consider increasing the amount of its three-year contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to provide supplemental security during the Rose Parade from $1.1 to $1.5 million per parade, a 36 percent increase.

The proposed $400,000 hike is related to rising global security threats and higher wages being paid to the deputies, a City report said.

The City has revised its Joint Public Safety Plan substantially over the past four years as terrorist incidents inside the United States and around the world have increased.

Last New Year’s Day was the first time in the Rose Parade’s history that the parade route was closed to all vehicular traffic the night prior to the parade.

The parade route closure increased costs due to increased Sheriff’s Department personnel assigned to the route for traffic control and increased security, City documents said.

The recommendation to increase the dollar amount of the contract will allow for more staffing as a result of those closures and unexpected security threats should the need arise, the memorandum said.

Costs associated with supplementing law enforcement services during New Year’s Day activities have steadily increased over recent years. The costs for services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 2017 New Year’s activities totaled $1,031,931. In 2018, the costs for Sheriff’s Department supplemental services totaled $1,093,805, City documents indicate.

The existing supplemental contract was adopted by the City Council on Nov. 16, 2016, and authorized the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to provide supplemental law enforcement services for New Year’s activities for three years in an amount not to exceed $1.1 million per year, with two optional one-year extensions.

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