SANTA CLARA (KPIX 5) — There are concerns about security at upcoming 49ers games at Levi’s Stadium after the Santa Clara Police Union threatened to boycott working there over Colin Kaepernick’s protests.
It has been the big question over the weekend.
“We will have plenty of cops at the next Niner game. That game is already adequately staffed,” Santa Clara Police Lieutenant Dan Moreno said.
Moreno says they just want to get through the next couple of games before they make any big decisions.
“I think the POA wanted to be heard. They wanted to address some inflammatory statements that weren’t true. So, that’s what they did,” Moreno said.
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The questions started Friday night when board members of the Santa Clara police officers association sent the 49ers a letter over Kaepernick’s postgame comments about police violence, calling his words “insulting”.
The letter called the pig-police socks Kaepernick wore to practice two weeks ago “derogatory.”
The letter went on to say “if the 49ers organization fails to take action to stop this type of inappropriate workplace behavior, it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”
On average, it takes about 130 volunteer officers per event, with Santa Clara cops making up about half the security force.
Santa Clara police officers make time and a half, about $50 to $90 per hour to staff the games, depending on their base salary.
Officers from outside agencies make $65 an hour.
It’s the stadium that pays their wages, not the city.
If there aren’t enough volunteers, Santa Clara Police Chief Michael Sellers must provide staffing, and can order his officers to work.
The chief issued his own letter saying in part he “will urge the POA leadership to put the safety of our citizens first. I will work with both sides to find a solution.”