Dodgers want uniformed police to control fans

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers want uniformed Los Angeles Police Department officers to patrol the stands at Dodger Stadium in the wake of fan misbehavior last week.

The Dodgers said Tuesday that a series of "enhancements to their security and stadium operations" would be in place Friday night when the team begins its next homestand, but the Police Commission must approve the plan.

The most visible improvement would be the presence of uniformed LAPD officers, the Dodgers said, adding an increased number of security personnel and ushers will also be in the stands.

The Police Commission agreed to study the proposal, which would call for the LAPD to pay overtime to the officers working games and other events on an off-duty basis, provided the stadium operator repaid the department. It's unknown how long it will take for the study to be completed.

On May 3, in the next-to-last game of the Dodgers' most recent homestand, two teens jumped from the right field pavilion onto the field and were quickly arrested, leading fans to litter the field with cups, bottles and other debris. The game against the Nationals was delayed several minutes.

The number of police officers hired for the games wasn't disclosed by Dodgers chief operating officer Marty Greenspun.

"Dodger Stadium has long been known as one of the most family-friendly sports venues in America," Greenspun said in a statement. "Our enhancements to the security and safety measures are a testament to our steadfast commitment to ensure this well-deserved reputation continues.

"This plan has been under way since the end of last season and will continue to evolve with our fans' safety and best interests in mind," Greenspun said.

Greenspun also said Shahram Ariane was hired five weeks ago to the newly created position of director of security.