Common council members speak out about recent park police changes

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- Policing the parks in South Bend is now turning into a political issue.

Monday afternoon, at the South Bend Park Board meeting, two common council members spoke out about the recent park police changes.

Recently, the three full-time officers were stripped of their weapons and marked vehicles.

The decision was ultimately made by Police Chief Ron Teachman.

However, now common council members are reaching out to the park board with budget hearings starting this evening.

“I'm very encouraged by the fact that the parks board welcomed us here today, we began this discussion and hopefully in short order the parks board will be getting back to us to let us know if perhaps additional funding is needed,” said Valerie Schey, of the South Bend Common Council.

The park board told the common council members the decision to disarm the park police officers was made at an executive level, and out of their hands.

However, the board acknowledged there are 57 parks that do need to be patrolled, and safety is a priority.

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