SANTA CLARA -- Looking for some overtime? Have a gun and a badge? Want to get paid for soaking in the atmosphere of a San Francisco 49ers game?

You're in luck: With Levi's Stadium set to open next summer, Santa Clara officials are looking to hire 120 police officers for stadium duty.

The pay for the part-time gig is $55 an hour. The cops will be needed only during the Niners' 10 to 12 home games each year, plus big special events such as concerts, college football games and, oh yeah, the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.

The Santa Clara Police Department will put some of its officers on 49ers duty, too. But the number of cops needed to patrol the 1.9-million square foot stadium and the surrounding streets is more than the 150-member department can provide while still laying down the law throughout the rest of the city.

Courtesy HNTB Architecture -- The Forty-niners made a presentation to the Santa Clara City Council Tuesday night which included new, more detailed
Courtesy HNTB Architecture -- The Forty-niners made a presentation to the Santa Clara City Council Tuesday night which included new, more detailed renderings of the new stadium to be built in Santa Clara to house the Forty-niners home games. This is the view looking to the southeast. (HNTB Architecture)

So many Niners cops are required, in fact, that the City Council on Tuesday approved $200,000 in contracts for two outside firms just to perform background checks on candidates.

The officers' pay will not be cheap, either. Although city officials did not disclose the total stadium law-enforcement budget, the full roster of outside officers would cost $6,600 an hour, or $52,800 for an eight-hour day.

The money for the background checks and the officers' pay will come from stadium revenues and not from the city's $31 million budget that funds crime fighting.


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The city will hold the candidates to the same standards of regular police officer hires, and the stadium cops must be either employed at a law enforcement agency or retired from one. Officers are expected to apply from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and other Bay Area agencies, which have a combined pool of several thousand active officers.

Security at the $1.3 billion suburban stadium, in a city where the crime rate is relatively low, will be a big concern after high-profile violence the last few years at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

Fans there have reported booze-fueled brawls, stabbings and shootings, most notably during a 2011 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders that led to the end of the annual cross-bay exhibition series.

Last month, a fan from Hayward who witnesses said appeared intoxicated fell to his death from an elevated walkway.

In addition to preventing and breaking up fights, the Levi's Stadium officers will direct traffic, make sure vehicles are not parked illegally, look out for DUIs and haul unruly fans to a jail being built below the stands.

"I believe it's very important that we have sufficient staffing levels during these events to ensure safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees," Police Chief Mike Sellers told council members.

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