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When things get all gnarly, youâ€™d think the cops would get all grumpy.
Not so, according to Police Chief Dan Watson, a former officer with Los Angeles Police Department.
Instead, they have a ball.
â€śIâ€™ve worked some really busy nights in L.A.,â€ť Watson said.
â€śOn a really busy night, with all kinds of crime, with officers going from one call to another. Thatâ€™s a fun night. Itâ€™s what weâ€™re here for.
â€śWe donâ€™t have that kind of activity here in Mammoth. But what I sensed on the radio, everybody was out there.
â€śWhen it was blizzarding, everybody was hustling, they were all working with each other, they were all working with the other agencies and they were all having a good time.
â€śThatâ€™s their version of the adrenaline high that comes with being a police officer in Mammoth Lakes.â€ť
Hustling would be an understatement.
Not only was there a blizzard throughout the holiday season, the town was full as never before.
Factor in New Yearâ€™s Eve, and there was a perfect recipe for a disaster that never happened.
â€śWe were busy. I understand that Mammoth Mountain had the largest single day in skier visits last week.
â€śThere were a lot of people in town, and a lot of traffic, and the weather meant a lot of traffic, cars getting stuck in the snow and that kind of thing.
â€śSo our people, along with the Fire Department and Public Works, were busy. New Yearâ€™s Eve was predictably busy but there were no major incidents.
â€śWe made a number of arrests for DUI and a we had a few minor incidents, but certainly nothing major. It was a good holiday season from our point of view.â€ť
â€śIt was really good to see. There was a lot of esprit de corps, and thatâ€™s what itâ€™s all about.
â€śItâ€™s what weâ€™re here for.â€ť