BottleRockers were a well-behaved bunch.
Approximately 150,000 festivalgoers, volunteers and staff passed in and out of the Napa Valley Expo gates over five days, but Napa police made only 24 arrests, the most severe being a man arrested Saturday night on suspicion of assault, according to Capt. Jeff Troendly.
Capt. Tracey Stuart, of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies arrested 10 BottleRockers over the five-day period.
The number of BottleRock arrests made by the California Highway Patrol, if any, was not available Monday.
Most of the arrests were of BottleRockers who were drunk in public, Troendly said. The number of arrests was lower than it might have been because many intoxicated people were taken to Rock Medicine, the event’s medical provider, which helped them sober up.
“From a public safety perspective, I think the numbers speak for themselves,” Troendly said. “People going to BottleRock were very respectful of the event. Everybody behaved appropriately for the most part. The call volume wasn’t way up, considering the number in attendance.”
Over the event’s five days, Napa police dealt with about 200 incidents, Capt. Steve Potter said.
The police’s non-emergency lines received more than 130 calls from people largely complaining about the helicopters, volume of music and traffic issues. The police department added a second line in an effort to deal with issues immediately.
Many of those calls were from BottleRockers asking where to park or which bus to take to the Expo, Troendly said.
“BottleRock did not have a public information line available so people started calling us,” Troendly said. “They need to work on that next year and have a live person available.”
The police department issued about 40 warnings to scalpers and told a number of illegal food and merchandise vendors to leave the area, Lt. Debbie Peecook said Sunday. Troendly said some citations were issued throughout the event for other violations but an exact number was not available Monday.
Local law enforcement agencies had a strong presence at the event to keep it under control, and the strategy seems to have worked, Troendly said.
“We stood back and dealt with things that needed to be dealt with,” he said.
Napa Police had between 35 and 40 staff members at the event daily, while the CHP had around 40, Troendly said. No sheriff’s deputies were assigned to the Expo, but the office had an extra 10 to 15 on patrol each day assigned to county buildings downtown, Skyline Park where BottleRockers camped, and patrol, Stuart said.
Additionally, there were several hundred private security guards hired to work at the event.
Multiple bomb-detecting K-9s and handlers from Travis Air Force Base and one from the CHP did a sweep of the Expo each morning, a response to the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon, Potter said.
“In light of what happened in Boston, we decided to have someone come in each morning and search the areas where there is a high concentration of people,” Potter said. No explosives were discovered.
Two dogs with the Napa Police Department, used for protection and drug detection, also worked the event, Potter said.
The bill BottleRock will incur for the extra law enforcement was not available Monday, but previous estimates put the cost for city of Napa staff time, including public safety, at around $400,000.
“We planned for the worst, hoped for the best and I think we got the best,” Troendly said.