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The Special Events Unit is responsible for the planning and staffing of police coverage for events and circumstances outside those normally addressed by patrol and detective units. Known as "off-duty" jobs, these range from vendor requests, such as retail security, to City-sponsored events. The City co-sponsors approximately 60 events a year that require off-duty officers, including holiday parades, races, and concerts. The St. Petersburg Police Departments, through Special Events, also provides officers to work the Tampa Bay Rays' home games at Tropicana Field.
The Special Events Unit also issues permits for street closures and provides the administration of the Police Reserve Unit.