ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With warm weather coming and young people gathering in parks, a northside alderman is asking for a dedicated park ranger to keep one of the city’s largest parks safe.
Alderman Antonio French wants the police chief to assign a dedicated park ranger to O’Fallon Park, where the new recreation center is drawing big crowds that could lead to crime.
Police Chief Sam Dotson says he can’t afford a full time park ranger for O’Fallon Park, but hasn’t forgotten the park.
“It comes to resources,” he says. “And the way we’ve been policing, hot-spot policing, will extend to park rangers. We put them into the neighborhoods and the areas that are experiencing the problems.”
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