Safety Patrol

Hempfest Safety Patrol Wants You!


Our goal is to minimize risks to health and safety during the event. We watch the park entrances and stage gates 24 hours a day, looking out for prohibited items and malevolent forces. We’re a happy crew of trained problem-solvers with a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Hempfest Safety Patrol is here to hit the chill switch, not the kill switch.
When problems arise, HSP will strive to resolve them in a calm, friendly manner. For over two decades, Seattle Hempfest has never experienced a serious violent event, and we intend to keep it that way.
If you need us, just look for our distinctive shirts in black and grey.
Black Shirts act as team leads, using radios to coordinate an organized response.
Grey Shirts are empowered to deescalate and resolve issues in the field.
Peacekeepers are recruited from the general volunteer staff if we think they can demonstrate the same high standard of performance that the public has come to expect from us. Peacekeepers receive an HSP laminate in addition to their regular staff shirt.


 What We Do

Our mission is to protect the people, their possessions, and their movement. That means ensuring the health & safety of attendees and volunteers alike, protecting legitimate vendors from theft and unauthorized sales, and preventing mishaps before they occur.  During the off-season, we conduct quarterly training sessions on situation response, de-escalation techniques, radio protocol, and more.

  • Too much fun? We’ll summon First Aid.
  • Lost child? We’ll locate their parents.
  • Menacing vibes? We can help.


We’re looking for volunteers who can present a calm, professional appearance while acting for the greater good. We are especially interested in people with backgrounds in:
  • Public safety
  • Event security
  • First aid
  • Using a radio
We also need volunteers for our night safety crew. (Coffee provided free!)
If you’d like to help out, email us at safetypatrol at This is an internal crew, so you’ll need a password before you can volunteer for shifts. Please note that power trips are strictly forbidden.
Thanks for reading. Remember to apply sunblock, drink lots of water, and above all, enjoy the fest!