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Full-time patrol could reduce
shocking' problems at Bonita

By Staff
KEEPING AN EYE ON THE PARK Senior Patrol Officer Howard Cole of the Meridian Police Department watches motorists entering Bonita Lakes Park from Highway 19 on Thursday. Cole and other officers patrol the park as often as they can while working the territory that includes the park. Meridian city councilmen are considering adding money to the proposed fiscal year 2005 budget to fund full-time patrol officers. Photo by Fredie Carmichael / The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
August 6, 2004
Dr. Robin Moore, a Meridian chiropractor, wants to be able to take her two children to Bonita Lakes Park without worrying about what they'll see there.
On a trip to the park Wednesday to enjoy ice cream and feed the ducks, Moore said her children were subjected to the "shocking sight" of two men engaged in a sexual act near the pavilion.
In an effort to reduce similar occurrences and make Bonita Lakes Park safer, Meridian city councilman may add more officers to the police force and assign them to full-time duty at the park.
Councilmen are considering about four more officers in next year's spending plan, which takes effect Oct. 1. At least two are expected to be needed to man Bonita Lakes during its operating hours of 5 a.m.-10 p.m.; the others will patrol city streets.
Council President Bobby Smith of Ward 5, which includes the park, said the added security at the park is needed.
The additional officers are on a short list of suggested changes councilmen targeted earlier this week as they worked to craft the city's proposed spending plan. Councilmen are expected to submit a letter listing specific changes to Mayor John Robert Smith.
Assistant Police Chief Keith McCary said his department would appreciate any additional officers. And, McCary said, a full-time officer at Bonita Lakes would help make the area safer than it is now.
McCary said the biggest complaints his department receives about Bonita are speeding motorists and suspicious activities similar to what Moore described.
Moore, whose husband works for the city and now serves as groundskeeper at Bonita, said it's not that she feels unsafe there, but she doesn't want her young children exposed to such sights.

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