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Officers to visit all 71 Salt Lake City parks this weekend

By Sarah Dallof | Posted - Jul. 17, 2010 at 8:37 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- You may notice more police officers in Salt Lake City's parks this weekend. That's because Salt Lake police are making it their goal to visit each and every one of the city's 71 parks during a seasonal operation.

The point of the operation is to maintain order during the busy season and to remind people to be safe.

"We're trying to make contact with people, say hello, just be seen by the public in all the parks throughout the city this weekend," said Sgt. Jon Wallace with Salt Lake City police.


We're trying to make contact with people, say hello, just be seen by the public in all the parks throughout the city this weekend.

–Sgt. Jon Wallace


Officers will hand out "Subway Safety Citations" to kids playing it safe by wearing helmets and other protective gear. The "citations" are good for a six-inch sandwich at any area Subway restaurant.

Six-year-old Chris Valli was out riding his brand new bike Saturday while wearing his new helmet. He was one of the lucky kids rewarded for being safe.

"It's for safety," he said. "It will protect your head."

In addition to handing out those good citations, police are also handing out bad citations to those breaking the law.

They've issued citations for smoking, drinking and some acts of lewdness.

In addition to the regular officers on shift this weekend, there are an extra 30 bicycle and ground officers walking around this weekend. The operation ends Sunday.

E-mail: sdallof@ksl.com

Sarah Dallof

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