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Paul Ebel keeps nearly 80,000 people safe at each home Packers gameSubmitted: 11/19/2017
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley
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Paul Ebel keeps nearly 80,000 people safe at each home Packers game
GREEN BAY - One man who grew up in Tomahawk is now in charge of keeping thousands of fans safe at Lambeau Field.

For a noon kickoff game most Packer fans start preparing a few hours before.

"It's actually a full weekend for me it'll start Friday night into Saturday," said Green Bay Police Department Operations Commander Paul Ebel.

Ebel is the Operations Commander for the Green Bay Police Department and needs a 48 hour head start to cover all his responsibilities.

"If something does happen at the stadium it's one of those things when they turn around and say okay what do we do and that's my role," said Ebel.


Ebel's is in constant communication with departments like the FBI and SWAT team during home games while he patrols with odor detecting dogs.

"It's a little bit more stressful than people think. I also look at world events, what's going on in the world and how we're postured for security," said Ebel.

Since starting his position about four years ago.

Recent attacks around the world changed how Ebel views safety at Lambeau Field.

"There are standards on conduct the NFL has. If you're rude and obnoxious to fans inside the stadium you'll be asked to leave," said Ebel. With those 80,000 fans Ebel never knows what he's going to get.

Some try to break the rules by sneaking in unwanted items like marijuana pipes.

That's when Ebel has to give them a quick reality check.

"You ask them to see the clarity of the situation. I'm giving you the opportunity to walk away," said Ebel.

However, for every rambunctious fan there's someone who makes the long hours and days worth it.

"You talk about the bad fans but they're a lot of good fans here," said Ebel.

Ebel has worked more than 200 Packers games.

Knowing what goes on behind the scenes changed his view of the world and the game.

"It's a very eye opening experience," said Ebel.



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