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Police launch Safe Parks Project

Residents’ input at community meetings drove program creation

Frankfort, IN – This month Frankfort Police will launch their newest crime prevention and reduction program, Safe Parks Project, designed to increase foot and car patrols in several City parks.

According to Lieutenant Randy Emery, officers will increase patrols, both on foot and in their vehicles, at Circle Park and Third Street Park to help promote an even stronger police and community partnership.

“With high visibility patrols and accelerated enforcement of City ordinances and park rules, we will enhance the quality of life of our citizens by preserving peace, reducing fear and fostering a safer community,” Emery said.

Developed by Captain Gordon Gilmore and Emery, this project was created based on information obtained at Police community meetings and Department records.

According to Police Chief Troy Bacon, Safe Parks Project is a clear example of the police and community working together to make Frankfort parks safer, more enjoyable places.

“Circle Park has become a place for increased juvenile crime and other problems and Third Street Park is known for loud noise complaints and visitors’ alcohol use. Increasing officers’ presence and stricter enforcement of laws and park rules should help decrease the frequency of these issues.

“As always, we strongly encourage everyone to report suspicious and criminal activity at any park or in any location within the City by calling us at 654-4431. We cannot be everywhere, so caring and concerned residents’ eyes and ears are invaluable to us,” Bacon said.

Other City parks will be included in the Safe Parks Project as it continues throughout the summer.

For questions or interview requests, contact Bacon at 654-4245.