Cullman PD holds in-house Rock the South debriefing

Members of the Cullman Police Department take part in a post-Rock the South debriefing Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Police Department (CPD) on Wednesday held an in-house debriefing, reviewing the good, the bad and the ugly of last weekend’s Rock the South (RTS) music festival and the CPD’s coverage. This was only the first of the debriefings, the predecessor to next Monday’s multi-department meeting that will include the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Cullman City Council members David Moss and Brad Smith were in attendance.

The good: The CPD reported that teamwork within the department and with other organizations, including Cullman County Dispatch, the Cullman County Emergency Management Agency and Cullman Regional, was excellent. 

The bad: The department reported that communication was difficult at times due to the noise factor; however, members from Cullman City Council were on hand and solutions were discussed. The need for an “air boss” to monitor drones to make the landing of medical helicopters easier was also discussed. 

The ugly: Two CPD officers were battling COVID-19 either just prior to or during RTS, which meant days of training and/or the event were missed. 

RTS took place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6, and drew thousands of concertgoers from across the country. Headliners included Alabama and Morgan Wallen.  

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