(photo courtesy of University of Montana)

This reporter had the privilege of visiting on Saturday before the Grizzly – Sacramento State football game with University of Montana Police Chief Brad Giffin.

Giffin said his crew is very busy with security on game day, and that he has several openings to help make the lines go faster at the gates.

“We're all short of people, “said Chief Giffin. “Not just the law enforcement and security side but you know for concessions, as well. If you've been to a game, you've noticed that huge long lines for concessions and it really isn't any different for the lines going into Washington Grizzly Stadium. The fewer security personnel that we have, the longer the time it takes to get the people in for the game.”

Giffin described the duties for those wanting to help with security and make $20 an hour.

“We are looking for people,” he said. “If you're somebody who's interested in doing that type of job, it pays $20 an hour. You can apply online, or you can call the (UM) police department and we'll hook you up with where to put in your application and go from there but yeah, would really appreciate some help for sure.”

Giffin described the tasks involved with getting fans into the stadium safely.

“Their duties would be crowd management, so that means getting people into the gate, looking at the magnetometers as they come in and then ‘wanding’ people when they set the magnetometer off. Also, making sure people are in compliance with the bag rules, things like that, and then just interacting with people and making sure they have a good time. I think it's a lot of fun. I think it's a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”

Giffin said working security at a game helps everyone enjoy the game day experience, and you get to be on the inside of what’s happening with security management.

“I think the most enjoyable thing about doing a job like that is being able to facilitate the safety and security of everybody coming in to enjoy themselves for a Saturday afternoon of football,” he said. “They don't understand that the fewer people that we have doing that security job, the longer it takes to do all those things, and a good example is the long lines for concession stands because they're hurting for people just like we are.”

Giffin said he’ll take as many people as her can get to help on Grizzly football game day.

Contact Chief Giffin via email at brad.giffin@mso.umt.edu, or call the UM Police Department for more information at 243-6131 and reference this article.

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