Overall, police enjoy quiet holiday

Police enjoyed a quiet two days even though thousands of people were in town for the Fourth of July festivities and a music festival.

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— Police enjoyed a quiet two days even though thousands of people were in town for the Fourth of July festivities and a music festival.

Police arrested 24 people from Tuesday through early Thursday morning. Nine of the arrests involved drugs and seven were for drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The rest of the arrests were for warrants or other minor traffic offenses.

"It was no big deal," Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said. "We had some drug arrests but nothing extraordinary.

"For the number of people here, it was a quiet couple of days."

Fiebing was satisfied none of the arrests involved a violent crime and appreciated the behavior of the crowd that attended the two-day music festival.

"The crowd was mellow and polite," Fiebing said. "They were courteous to the officers. It was not a violent type of crowd."

Every member of the Steamboat Springs Police Department worked 12-hour shifts because of the Independence Incident music festival.

Fiebing's department received assistance from numerous agencies in the 14th Judicial District, which includes Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.

"Every law enforcement agency in the judicial district helped us for the two days," Fiebing said.

Deputies from the sheriff's offices in Grand, Moffat and Routt counties helped as did officers with the Craig, Hayden and Oak Creek police departments. The Colorado State Patrol also provided assistance.

Officers were assigned to patrolling the city, the concert grounds and the campground that was set up in the Meadows parking lot.

"All of the agencies were real professional," Fiebing said. "It was a great show of camaraderie and mutual aid."

For the stepped-up law enforcement, the festival promoter, Mountain Events Inc., is paying the city $20,000.

Officers who volunteered to work the extra hours were paid $35 an hour and received $10 for meals.

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