Contributor Profile

Russ Butler

Job TitleVice President of Security

Company NameSan Francisco 49ers and Levi’s® Stadium


Russ Butler is a former Scotland Yard Police Officer with more than three decades of Law Enforcement experience.  During his extensive career he specialized in Public Order, Firearms Operations and Close Protection.

In the mid 1980’s at the height of the UK’s organized soccer violence, Russ served as a Public Order Commander leading teams of specially trained and equipped police officers tasked to safe guard the public at soccer matches throughout the UK. He also provided security at concert events, public demonstrations, rallies and other gatherings including Royal Events in central London and at Buckingham Palace.

Later in his career, Russ served as a SWAT Team Leader with Scotland Yard’s Special Operations division (SO19). He was one of only six Team Leaders within this elite unit, and was responsible for tactical planning, advising senior commanders, and leading the operational deployment of highly trained specialist officers. During this time Russ saw active service in the resolution of all aspects of ‘Armed Crime’ including, Counter Terrorism, Hostage Rescue, Gang Violence, Armed Robbery and other serious organized crime.

The final chapter of Russ’s policing career took him into the world of the Close Protection as an Operator and Team Leader. He was responsible for the personal security of Prime Ministers, Presidents, members of the British Royal Family, visiting dignitaries and celebrity figures. During this phase of his career, he gathered extensive global experience, to include working in countries classed as High Risk and Low Infrastructure (HRLI).

During his service Russ worked closely with many of the world’s leading Intelligence Agencies and held the highest levels of UK Government clearance. He retired from service in 2013 and a year later was recruited to the security team of the San Francisco 49ers.  

In his current role as VP, he oversees day-to-day safety and protection operations at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The site comprises of the NFL stadium, Football Practice Facility, Administrative HQ building and plays host to multiple ‘special events’ on a year-round, daily basis. He also oversees all Team Travel Security and provides Travel Security support for the Executive staff.  In 2016, Russ was instrumental in the organizations successful DHS Safety Act application. 

During his tenure with the 49ers Russ has played a key role in the planning and execution of many notable events, including Super Bowl 50, ‘WrestleMania’, and of course this year’s College Football Championships.  Russ is married, he has two children and three grandchildren and is an avid Formula One racing fan.

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