Floyd County Commission Adopts Standard Operating Procedures for Special Events
The Floyd County Board of Commissioners recently adopted the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Special Events and approved the Assembly Permit utilized by the joint City and County Special Events Review Committee. The adoption of the protocol ensures consistent standards and procedures and ease of communication among all city and county law enforcement agencies and departments.
The Rome City Commission and Rome Police Departments previously adopted this protocol in 2014. It was created to help event coordinators navigate the necessary steps for planning events and to increase efficiencies among the departments who provide support for events. The focus of the SOP is for events that utilize public facilities in a manner that varies from its current use. This use includes requests for street closures; special access to city or county property; events that require a traffic plan or events that require the support of city or county employees.
An assembly permit is required for any event that impacts public property to include parks, sidewalks and public roadways. Events that impact public property include but are not limited to demonstrations, rallies, protests, marches, parades, motorcades, and processions. Some exclusions apply; such as an event held at a public park in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Rome-Floyd County Parks and Recreation Department.
Sergeant Ron Hunton with the Floyd County police department presented the proposal to the Floyd County Board of Commissioners. “With the increased number of requests we receive yearly, a uniform and detailed process ensures all events are held in a safe manner with minimal impact on the community.”
“The standard operating procedures have been very beneficial to event planners and city staff.” said Ann Hortman, Director of Rome Sports Commission. “It provides a guide map so everyone understands why and when permits and specific tasks are required and enhances communication in each step of the process.”
For questions on the newly adopted protocol, contact the City of Rome Police Department at 706-238-5111, Floyd County Police Department at 706-235-7766 or Ann Hortman, Rome Sports Director at 706-295-5576, firstname.lastname@example.org.