SAFFORD – When it comes to who did what, it’s easier to just look at the camera footage to see the truth.
Safford Police Chief Joe Brugman stood before the Safford City Council on Monday night and informed the council that the skatepark would be having cameras installed by the end of the month.
“Everybody acts better when they know they’re being recorded,” Brugman said. “I think that will be something that will help us.”
Brugman said the Safford Police Department has increased their patrol of the area due to some complaints about behavior at the skatepark. Since the increase, there have been less calls for police assistance.
“We will continue to be vigilant,” Brugman said. “I don’t want to make it sound small by saying kids will be kids.”
After the council meeting, Brugman told Gila Valley Central that he and his staff have been listening to the complaints by the public.
“All the city staff is committed to making the park a safe and family-friendly place to be,” Brugman said. “We’ve listened to the concerns, and we’re taking action to ease those concerns for everybody involved.”
According to Brugman’s report, the police have received 36 calls regarding the skatepark since its opening. However, 10 of those calls were without suspects. While most complaints about the park pertains to unsightly litter, the city staff maintains the facility daily.
Brugman told the council he believes once the cameras are in place whatever crimes that may be going on will hopefully be lessened. He also told the council cameras make investigating whatever crimes that do occur much easier for authorities.