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Phoenix to hire security guards to make city parks safer

Some Phoenix parks have come beneath scrutiny for big numbers of police calls, folks utilizing medication out within the open, and huge numbers of homeless gathering there.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to transfer ahead with a pilot program that may hire personal security guards to patrol eight city public parks throughout the in a single day hours.

The plan requires the security guards to take over for Phoenix park rangers, who work within the parks throughout the day, and guarantee folks aren’t tenting or trespassing within the parks after hours.

Some Phoenix parks have come beneath scrutiny for big numbers of police calls, folks utilizing medication out within the open, and huge numbers of homeless gathering there.

“It’s exhausting,” Morgan Sailor stated. “The neighbors here are exhausted they’re exhausted from trying for two years and not having any effect.”

Sailor lives within the space close to Perry Park at thirty second Street and Thomas Road. Perry Park is among the parks with probably the most police calls. 

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Sailor stated she’s for any program that has an opportunity at serving to make the park a spot she’s comfy going. 

“I’m actually hoping that it’s going to have an effect,” she stated.

During Wednesday’s City Council meeting, nevertheless, the council members had been cut up on whether or not the city ought to outsource the job to personal security. 

Private security guards would haven’t any enforcement authority. They cannot write citations or make arrests, they might have to name the police for that. 

Park rangers, which the city already has, can write citations for trespassing. They cannot make arrests both. 

But, park rangers are city staff, which makes them costlier than employed security guards from a personal company. 

Some council members questioned whether or not the city could be higher served to wait and put extra money and energy into build up the park ranger ranks. Currently, there are 30 rangers within the city. 

Other council members stated they seen this system as an instantaneous repair to the issue that was higher than doing nothing. 

The council voted 5-4 to approve the pilot program at eight parks throughout the city. 

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