From its initial founding, the Irvine Police department has asked its officers to provide a level of service and respond to a variety of calls that range from the unusual to the unbelievable. Early on Officers assisted Irvine Ranch deputies with cattle drives and helped round up animals that escaped from Lion County Safari, including an elephant that escaped after killing its trainer and a runaway hippo named Bubbles. The closing of Lion Country Safari brought new challenges to the men and women of the Irvine Police department. The opening of the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater (renamed Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in 2001) brought acts such as the Grateful Dead to the city, which often resulted in small riots and necessitated assistance from other Orange County police agencies. Irvine officers were also tasked with patrolling the Orange County Raceway until it’s closing, and assisted the United States Marine Corps with the annual El Toro Air Show. This three-day event brought up to a million visitors in the City.
We would like to thank the community for making this event such a success for the past 33 years! Please consider joining us for our 34th annual Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival (please see flyer below).
Dave Wills, President •
Kyle Turner, Vice President
McDavid Mutuc, Treasurer • Jen Johnson, Secretary
Matt Ricci, Board Member • Steve Wolf, Board Member • James Do, Board Member