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APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con

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APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:58:04 AM »
What has other people's experience been with APD around con?  Positive/Negative
What have you seen them do / not do?

Personal story:
2 dcons ago...
Outside the Marriott in the driveway thingie with the giant fountain.  There was a way drunk passed out guy on a bench.
Cop walked up..., looked at him for about 30 seconds.  Realized this guy wasn't going anywhere, but probably shouldn't be left in that condition either.   
::I'm thinking he's gonna wake the guy up and tell him to move along::
Cop sits next to the guy and just chills.   Must have been 10 minutes +  (I didn't wait to see what actually happened).
We took a couple pictures... Cop seemed super chill(posed with passed out guy and whatnot).    ... I'm sure he eventually just woke the guy up and told him to move along.

Honest assessment:

I think the cops are legit there just to make sure nothing seriously bad happens(or to take care of it immediately if something does)
Also..., I read on another thread that the cops that patrol around con actually WANT to be there, and that it's kind of a bonus for them.  That and, their bosses only let the good/level headed cops have that duty.
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Re: APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2018, 10:33:52 AM »
We go to Atlanta AT LEAST 4 times a year and any interactions I've had with policeman around downtown has been positive. I've asked a couple for directions before and about parking.
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Re: APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 10:46:39 AM »
We go to Atlanta AT LEAST 4 times a year and any interactions I've had with policeman around downtown has been positive. I've asked a couple for directions before and about parking.

Well, that's good to hear.
But, this thread I wanted to be more directly related to Dragon Con.

Discerning how their demeanor is when there's an extra 80k people(partying their asses off) in a 5 block radius.
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Re: APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2018, 12:31:38 PM »
Oh - I have never had any interaction with the PO PO during DC....surprisingly...and luckily!
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Re: APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2018, 04:08:00 PM »
For years Des and I would run in to the same awesome cop. I have no memory of why we first chatted with him, but it became like a tradition to try to find him each year. We would thank him for watching over us and take a quick picture. He was always super kind! I remember him saying he enjoyed working at the con, but that's about all I remember. It's been a couple years since we last found him :(



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Re: APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2018, 04:42:45 PM »
i've been going since 2007; have never had a negative experience with APD. now, granted, the only interaction i have with them is saying, "hi, how's it going?" or asking for directions around a closure or something, but they have always seemed  calm and unhurried and, well, chill.  :)

a lot of them seem to like DragonCon duty; i keep seeing the same guy on traffic control between the marriott and the hyatt.  i think he likes watching the costumes go by.
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Re: APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2018, 07:24:47 PM »
My last con was 2015, so my experience is slightly outdated, but 2015 was my 5th con so the experience is was also repeatable....

But I always found cops around con to be amazing examples of what police should be.  I had conversations with several of them and they were always friendly and seemed happy to be there.  They're actually not there on "officially" duty. At least most of them aren't   Theyre off duty and paid by the con for security.  It's like a side job for them, and well paying side at that   A cop is a cop whether he's on the clock or not, so paying one by the hour for a private function still grants the full priveleges police always have, jurisdiction, ability to arrest if needed, etc.  But, they're not ordered to go to con, they're there because they want to be, and I think that factors in to their attitudes some as well. 

Op mentioned a guy passed out on a bench; I have a similar story.  There was a guy passed out literally laying on the side walk, on the road between the Marriot and that parking area.  I stopped to see if I could help the guy (have some limited first responder training through work, as well as a minor hero complex).  He was barely coherent, and in my opinion was both severely drunk, as well as really high on ecstacy.  A cop saw and came up to see what was going on, and between the two of us got the guy to his feet and over to a bench.  Then the cop manage to get the name of the guys roommate, found said roommate's number in guys phone and called them to come get him, and also got on his radio to get a nearby Ems to come make sure the guy wasn't going to die.  He told me he was going to wait a with the dude till he got checked out and his roommate come to take back to their hotel.  The cop thanked me for me help, and I left while he sat there with the dude trying to keep him concious and talking.

What stuck me the most was the cop didnt even bother to search the guy at all, aside from pulling his phone out to call the roommate, and that was with the guys permission.  He was very (VERY) clearly on *something* presumably illegal (self incrimination, I have some old 1st hand experience to base this judgement) but all the cop cared about was making sure he was ok and got home safely.  Didn't seem to give 2 shits about whether or not he had consumed illicit substances.

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Re: APD (Atlanta Police Department) and Dragon Con
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2018, 09:08:57 AM »
Been attending DCon off and on since 2009.
This is probably light duty for the officers considering most folks there are coming to
Atlanta for a good time. I've seen numerous police enjoy the atmosphere created by
costumed fans. Actually, how dangerous is a passed out conventioneer sawing some
Z's. But I must say, police presence give me a since of security as well. Checking badges/passes
is a great idea also, IMO.
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