When the 1969 Woodstock Festival attracted a half million people to the tiny community of Bethel, New York, concert organizers and government entities were overwhelmed. With chaos seeming inevitable, a grassroots spirit of cooperation and collaboration between Hippies and cops averted catastrophe, and ensured three days of peace, love and music. Dan Carlson, who was one of the few police officers assigned to work at Woodstock, recounts his memories of that iconic event, and describes how his experiences there affected him both personally and professionally.

About the Author

Dan Carlson is a retired police officer and law enforcement educator who, over the course of his career, served with the Poughkeepsie City Police, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police. At the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas, he developed programs and taught - internationally - on law enforcement management, leadership and ethics. Dan has written four books and a number of articles for inclusion in professional journals, and he celebrates his good fortune at having been assigned to work at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York.

Dear Hippie ... We Met at Woodstock

By Daniel Carlson

One Cop's Memories of the 1969 Woodstock Festival