Sierra Says – Community Service Officers

By | September 3, 2019

MUSIC Hi, I’m Sierra Boyer with Tucson Parks and Recreation. We love hearing from you. Recently, we received this question: Do you have security guards in parks? That’s a great question. We have community service officers or CSOs , with the goal of making our parks more appealing by providing the community with a safe and secure environment. WALKING We’re trying to make the parks more comfortable for the users, and just rein in some of the activity that has been happening lately with parking on the grass, drinking in public without a permit, that sort of small time breaking of the law, but it takes away from people’s enjoyment of the parks. We’re just checking in. We’re part of the park safety team, checking to make sure everybody’s obeying the law. Do you guys have your fishing licenses today? The Parks and Recreation and Police Department recognized a need for an authoritative presence in our parks to enforce the rules. The departments work together to train the community service officers. We had crisis intervention training, defensive tactics training, first aid, CPR, use of Narcanan in the case of an opiate overdose, and then a general training with the Parks and Recreation. So let’s head over to that side and check in with those folks. We had a report previously about cars being dumped in that area. We can check that ravine there. The community service officers are assigned a park to patrol in two person units. They are not commissioned police officers and cannot make arrests, but they can issue civil citations and they carry a police radio to contact TPD directly if needed. I would just call it over the air, usually on usually on the radio they would come by in a short amount of time knowing that we, we don’t have the same weapons as an officer does, so it doesn’t take too long for somebody to get over to us in a timely manner if we need them. Primary tool is the radio, so that we can keep in touch with other officers if we ever need assistance. Second most important piece is my partner. We look out for each other. He watches out for me, I watch out for him. Most of the time, the officers’ day is spent interacting with the community; asking if they’ve encountered any problems during the day. We’re Tucson Park Safety. We are with the park safety team just checking in with everybody, making sure everybody is doing okay today. Have you guys had any problems? No. We’re fine. Okay, alright. Nobody is bothering you? No. Sweet, well enjoy your day. Alright? You too. Thank you so much. You’re welcome. We are trying to be ambassadors for the parks, obviously by giving services to the public or anybody that’s in need of any type of services with housing, jobs, rehab. I have a sticker. Can I give you a sticker? Can I put it on you? You alright with that? Nice to meet you. How about a fist bump? Alright. It’s been very positive. Everyone is very excited to have us here so far. There are five teams assigned throughout the day to patrol 128 City parks. CSOs spend approximately 10-20 minutes at a park, depending on what they come across before moving to the next one. WALKING Hello. Good morning. How you folks doing? Not good. Not good? Why? What’s going on today? Oh, the fish have lockjaw. Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. If you ever have any problems and you see us in the park, give us a flag down, and we’ll come over and see if we can take care of it for you. Okay? MUSIC Well glad to hear that. Of course, we are here for you folks. Have a good one, aright? Enjoy your day. You too. Yep. You have a good day. Next time you’re at one of our City parks be sure to say hello to one of our community service officers. If you have a question about them or any of our City parks, email me at [email protected] Until next time, I’ll see you in the park! MUSIC

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