Out-of-town police presence part of Park City’s peak traffic mitigation plan

It is not uncommon to see a Summit County Sheriff or Utah Highway Patrol vehicle driving through Park City. After all, there is a lot of overlap between their responsibilities and those of the Park City Police Department. What’s less common is seeing police cruisers from as far away as places like Provo and Cottonwood Heights in the Salt Lake Valley parked on the streets of Park City.

But lately, these are the law enforcement logos spotted in Park City.

The good news is that they’re not here looking for elusive criminals, they’re here to help solve Park City’s growing traffic problem.

The PCPD received $122,000 in the city’s 2022 budget to staff additional officers to help alleviate traffic issues during holidays, major events and peak ski weekends.

Police Lt. Jay Randall told KPCW the city uses a range of data points to determine the amount of outside help needed in any given week. This data includes local accommodation projections.

Accommodation reports from the Park City Chamber Bureau typically show above average booking levels throughout the winter, with the Christmas and New Year period reaching almost 100% occupancy.

With the late cancellation of in-person events for the Sundance Film Festival just two weeks before they began due to COVID-19 concerns, Randall added the department has been keeping additional resources on hold. He said the department just wasn’t sure what Sundance week would bring, and the number of police in the city was regularly adjusted.

Although the Sundance Film Festival ends on January 30, accommodation projections show bookings nearly doubled from a year ago for the first weekend in February. While visitors are still flocking to Park City, don’t be surprised to see more out-of-town police dealing with traffic in the coming weeks.

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