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Volunteers Stepping Up to Patrol Parks

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For the first time, the Josephine County Parks Department has a patrol unit. Tom Pearce Park is just one of several parks volunteers are patrolling in Josephine County.

The patrol unit for the Josephine County Parks Department is made up of six people. Each volunteer patrol officer has a background in law enforcement. They plan to make sure people are following park rules and paying the necessary fees.

The officers will focus on patrolling parks boat ramps and other county-owned sites. Several parks in the county have fell victim to criminal activity. Park rangers have found faucets stolen from the bathrooms and sprinkler heads gone. The parks department is hoping the presence of the patrol team will deter criminals.

The goal is to have two volunteers working seven days a week. Each person will be trained to know the park rules write citations and use the radio the volunteers cannot have any weapons while on patrol but they can carry pepper spray.

The Parks Department is paying for the cars, gas, and the volunteer’s uniforms. The Josephine County Parks Department is looking for more volunteers to patrol the parks. If anyone is interested, contact the department.