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City of Lodi plans to hire part-time police officer to patrol parks

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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:02 am, Tue Jan 8, 2013.

After more than $50,000 of vandalism to Lodi parks and Hutchins Street Square in 2012, the city is planning to hire a part-time police officer to patrol some of Lodi's most valuable assets.

The officer's main focus will be on enforcing rules and preventing vandalism at Lodi Lake Park, said Jeff Hood, director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 1:02 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Bitz, sounds like the affluent neighborhoods are becoming afraid to allow the use of their neighborhood parks to residents from other areas.The city of Lodi lists 26 parks and at least half of them are small enough and on the path of the regular patrol officers and can be easily monitored by them. All of the parks are currently in the patrol districts of LPD and most can be seen from all four sides by driving on only one area street. Why does the city of Lodi give the impression that Lodi city limits is such an expansive area? Why would an additional officer be needed to patrol just the parks? And why public works and the unneeded and unnecessary water treatment plant? The unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant is required by the federal government standards to be a secure facility at all times to protect the drinking water supply. It stands to reinstate the park ranger position, not just for LLodi Lake, but all parrks in the Lodi city park system. An additional police officer could well be used to keep the inebriated and highly visible drunks from running the streets and sidewalks of downtown Lodi at the venues that serve alcohol, especially those with open seating on public downtown sidewalks and also the crime ridden area adjacent to downtown Lodi on the immediate eastside, including the lounges on Sacramento street in that area. Another bicycle officer would be of great visibility, especially on the eastside neighborhoods from Lockeford street to Tokay street between Church and Cherokee Lane. With the tab again going partly to parks and rec, also known as the bllack hole of debt at Hutchins Square, that sum of money could put the losses at HSS and parks over the million dollar mark once again.

  • roy bitz posted at 9:53 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Seems to me our current highly trained highly skilled, highly compensated police officers would be charged with this responsibility.
    I realize they cannot be everywhere all the time but then neither can one part-timer.
    This idea makes no sense to me.
    City council members---- what say you?

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:27 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 641

    That part time officer, for either his or her safety hopfully will be packing a weapon. In some parts of the park were all the tweekers with their pit bulls hang, a weapon should be manditory. You can never be to safe, and wear gloves that needles cannot get through. A weapon with at least a 10 clip and a radio in case back up is needed. This job is not just a walk in the park.

  • Todd Cronin posted at 12:13 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    Todd Posts: 143

    Yeah that's right! Got to keep the,
    "People with dogs and bad attitudes"
    away from the our park!!



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