Police: Extremely low number of BottleRock arrests

2013-05-13T20:10:00Z 2014-05-01T14:37:40Z Police: Extremely low number of BottleRock arrestsCHANTAL M. LOVELL Napa Valley Register
May 13, 2013 8:10 pm  • 

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.

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(18) Comments

  1. rpcv
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    rpcv - May 13, 2013 9:32 pm
    I'm very happy that BottleRock was such a success, and hope it becomes an annual event. While I sympathize with those who had to deal with the noise, this isn't the only time during the year that loud events happen at the fairgrounds... and it ended at 10:00! If you really can't handle the noise and traffic, next year rent out your house to BottleRockers and take a mini vacation.
  2. glenroy
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    glenroy - May 14, 2013 6:10 am
    You wouldn't think that way if it was in your front yard ....
  3. NapaMark15
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    NapaMark15 - May 14, 2013 7:18 am
    GR, people on here who live basically at the fairgrounds have expressed their support for BR and were very impressed with this year. So yes, some people do feel that way, even if the front yard is the expo.
  4. Samson
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    Samson - May 14, 2013 7:31 am
    No rpcv - this is the loudest event that has ever been at the fair grounds. So...NO! The noise level was beyond anything that should be expected to be tolerated by the neighborhood. And why should I have to leave my own neighborhood every year? I can't leave during that time. Nor should one be expected to. We don't complain about the other events at the fair grounds - but this was over the top. I don't request that you leave your residence. Seriously - how loud does it have to be for the attendees to hear? Glad you had a good time - But I hope the noise is moved to another venue.
  5. rocketman
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    rocketman - May 14, 2013 8:25 am
    I'm guessing that "Music loudness is in the ears of the beholder"............
  6. AltaHeights
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    AltaHeights - May 14, 2013 8:39 am
    BR was an extremely well run event. Living just a few blocks from the expo, we had to deal with loud music...but we enjoyed the free concerts from our home which were always over by 10p. Traffic was barely an issue and the neighborhood wasn't impacted nearly as much as people feared. Most of the traffic were people on foot and bicycles. Fantastic event for our community and strongly support it becoming an annual event! Keep Napa growing, moving forward and finding ways to support our local businesses.
  7. cjsnertz
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    cjsnertz - May 14, 2013 8:53 am
    keep the ticket prices high please - keep the riffraff out so that there are less issues or problems in the future
  8. selim_sivad
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    selim_sivad - May 14, 2013 9:54 am
    Well, that's the problem with NIMBYism: if we restricted everything because we wouldn't want it in "our front yard" nothing would happen.

    Chef's Market? Too many drunks! Nope, not in my back yard!
    Farmer's Market? Too much traffic! Nope, not in my back yard!
    Fourth of July Parade? People camping out for a spot! Litter everywhere! Not in my back yard!

    People live near all these (and more) events and they deal with the side effects of living near downtown. They got used to it.

    The BRNV noise is within the legal limits. We have noisy parties in my neighborhood all summer long, but as long as they stop by 10PM (and they all do) I live with it. That's what we call "living in a society". Not everything is perfect at all times. Boo hoo.
  9. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - May 14, 2013 9:56 am
    Please do not keep Napa GROWING. That's not 'moving forward'. However, there are ways of supporting local businesses, and festivals are a perfect solution because they only temporarily increase population levels. The community should realize that the City needs revenue and they will either gain it through increases of temporary populations such as tourism and festivals or they will do it via permanent businesses followed by permanent housing growth.

    The #1 reason people visit Napa Valley is because of its beauty. You cannot have both beauty and population growth.

    So if people are going to jump on a bandwagon of wanting more growth to accommodate BottleRock, I will be the first to jump off of their support bandwagon.
  10. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - May 14, 2013 9:57 am
    Ditto...

  11. napa1957
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    napa1957 - May 14, 2013 12:18 pm
    Just curious...is smoking and distributing marijuana a citation only, and not an offence that one can be arrested for? I see that "transients" and others in Napa have been arrested for it, but it appears that NPD just decided to turn a blind eye during BR. I get it...its a Festival, right?
  12. jp
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    jp - May 14, 2013 9:24 pm
    wasn't even noisy and it was great music. get used to it, its here to stay
  13. jp
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    jp - May 14, 2013 9:25 pm
    it was in my front yard...and I loved it. And before you say I don't own my house or have kids or whatever other dumb excuse you have to hating it...you are wrong
  14. jp
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    jp - May 14, 2013 9:28 pm
    get over it. marijuana is terrible. we know you feel that way. no one is going to arrest people at a festival for something that minor
  15. equality
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    equality - May 14, 2013 10:01 pm
    I'd like to hear what the answers to napa1957's post is. Will somebody be bringing this issue up with Expo, BR, and community leaders??
  16. IamBobby
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    IamBobby - May 15, 2013 6:20 am
    I spoke to a few of the Napa PD. They all stated that they would be sure to get at least one day off during the Festival next year to enjoy it as a customer. They also said how impressed they were with the crowd and the overall behavior.

    The event was run smoothly. This is a good thing for Napa. And if you work for a restaurant downtown that was hurt by lack of business during those nights, then encourage your owner/chef to join BRNV and get a booth! You should have seen the tip jars over flow!

    What an amazing event! Thank You Bottle Rock Napa Valley for a great time! Finally a festival you feel good about bringing your kids too! And in our town!

    Napa was changed for the better! And we will never be the same again!
  17. valley native
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    valley native - May 15, 2013 2:50 pm
    The irony is all the complaints about the people smoking pot but the disorderly arrests were from drunkiness. For all the pot that was supposidly going around most of the comments were how everyone was having behaving and a great time...hmmm, funny how that works.
  18. napa1957
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    napa1957 - May 16, 2013 5:33 pm
    I don't appreciate being told to "get over it"...because you (jp) don't know me!! I totally agree that pot is 100 times better for fun and relaxing than is alcohol. Stoners are notoriously peaceful, aren't likely to start trouble and really just want to enjoy themselves. If it were legal I would be the first one to spark up in a public venue, but it's not. I have had friends cited and arrested for doing exactly what thousands did at BR so I can't help but wonder why we decided to just pretend it wasn't happening. Same thing when Snoop played at the Uptown. NPD just ignored it, but some guy with a joint in his sock riding his bike downtown gets busted. I do have friends that were a little off-put by having their children exposed to the smoke, which is a direct opposite to folks like IamBobby who feel good about bringing their kids to this smoke filled event.
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