Sundance blotter: bare breasts, stolen film tickets and disorderliness
January 27, 2015
There were huge crowds enjoying Park City last weekend as the Sundance Film Festival opened.
But not everyone behaved.
The Park City Police Department responded to numerous complaints over the first four days of the festival. The cases were similar to ones reported during past opening weekends of the festival, when Park City is usually at its most crowded. There were parking problems, drunkenness and disorderly people, many of them along Main Street or just off the street.
The film festival is normally the busiest period of the year for the Police Department as officers heavily patrol Main Street alongside regular patrols. Reinforcements are tapped from other law enforcement agencies during Sundance.
"Things are really going pretty well, for this many people here," Police Chief Wade Carpenter said.
Carpenter said more than 40 law enforcement officers were on duty during any 12-hour period over the opening weekend of the festival, perhaps 10 times more officers than on a typical day. The Police Department hired police officers from other agencies to reinforce the local agency. The Utah Highway Patrol and officers from the ranks of the state Adult Probation & Parole also operated in Park City, Carpenter said.
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"High-profile policing is definitely a deterrent," he said, adding, "People want and like to see law enforcement out."
Carpenter said police officers teamed with the Park City Building Department to monitor the temporary corporate setups along Main Street, asking a few to remove people from inside to bring the number down to the occupancy limit.
Some of the cases, compiled from the Police Department’s incident reports, included:
Phil Kirk, a Park City police captain, meanwhile, posted information online about selected cases. Some of the notable cases Kirk highlighted include:
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