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City park may add security
by Jebb Johnston
Aug 19, 2013 | 120 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Crossroads Regional Park will consider new security measures in light of the rape that occurred at the park last week.

Park Director Todd Witt told the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors Monday morning that the park has relied on only the city police for park security but now may take that a step further.

“What we are looking at is possibly putting a full-time security person there, maybe an extension of the police department or sheriff’s department,” he said. “We would like a licensed person to do this.”

The park would likely target the security on time periods when there are fewer activities in progress. The park is supposed to be closed to the public between midnight and 6 a.m., the park manager said.

The park has in the past considered using security cameras but was advised against it because of liability issues. Witt said it may be time to reconsider.

“Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, you can’t have enough security,” said Witt. “It’s something we’re definitely going to have to look at.”

He said the park commission has looked at security issues in the past but more in terms of curbing vandalism problems.

The park submitted a fiscal 2013-2014 budget request for $275,000 from the county as it seeks a 5 percent budget increase. Witt submitted a list of park needs including additional staff and security.

Corinth police continue to investigate the rape which occurred at gunpoint and was reported to 911 at 11:28 p.m. Thursday. Details on the suspect’s appearance are scant — a black male described as 6 feet tall with a slender build and around 20 or in his early 20s. He wore all black clothing and obscured his face with a bandana.

Carrying a black handgun, he forced a male and female subject to lie on the ground in the concrete lot area and then had them move towards the playground equipment and to a spot away from the lights where he raped the woman.

The male subject was not injured. The man and woman had met at the part to talk, according to police.
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