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The Dodgers haven’t had a full-time security chief for four months

Apr 7, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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Reading Bill Shaikin’s report about the Dodgers undegoing a security overhaul in the aftermath of the Bryan Stow attack last week reveals that the Dodgers have been operating without a permanent head of security for four months:

The Dodgers last December dismissed Ray Maytorena, a former Secret Service agent who had overseen the club’s security operations. Maytorena was one of at least 22 front-office employees to leave the organization over the last two off-seasons. The Dodgers consolidated his responsibilities under Francine Hughes, vice president of stadium operations. According to the team’s media guide, Hughes “joined the Dodgers in September 2009 following nearly 15 years in commercial real estate.”

There is an interim person running security under Hughes: Shahram Ariane, who is a former head of Dodgers security and currently runs security for The Claremont Colleges, which is an association of several small suburban schools with a total enrollment just north of 5000.

In the wake of an incident like this, there are security realities and then there is the p.r. overlay, which may or may not contain realities itself.  We on the outside don’t know what the state of Dodger Stadium security was at the time of this incident. We also know that, even if a good, solid security program was actually in place at the time, a review of that program would be called for due to the severity of this incident. Put differently, neither the incident nor the review means that Dodger Stadium security was necessarily deficient.

But given the public mood since the time of the attack and the anecdotes coming to the fore about Dodger Stadium being a scary place to see a game in recent years, the fact that there has not been a permanent security person in place since December is troubling. And, even if it’s merely a matter of appearances and security was, in fact, reasonable, not having someone in that position is going to become fodder for lawsuits, investigations and other kinds of scrutiny of the Dodgers organization.

  1. rcali - Apr 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Of course, that would cost money to have that position filled. How are the Dodgers suppose to do that if they are only charging $10+ for a beer?

  2. monsieurbear - Apr 7, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Mayhem rules the Claremont Colleges.

  3. Michael - Apr 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    I remember the days when Dodger security would tackle you for having a beach ball.

    One of the ushers once drew blood wrestling a program out of the hand of a fan who was trying to toss it up to the people who dropped it (after a game, when all the players were off the field).

    Perhaps lawsuits led them to relax that “security” a bit too far.

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