PORTAGE | Police here will beef up patrols in the Camelot Manor and Camelot Estates mobile home parks on the city's southwest side.
Police Chief Troy Williams said officers have been "pretty active" in the area and that the city and Camelot management have agreed to work together to increase police presence in the communities.
Off-duty police officers, paid by Camelot, will be used to patrol the communities.
Williams said this will allow officers to be in the area during peak crime times and keep other patrol officers free to patrol the rest of the city. If a larger issue were to arise in the parks, on-duty officers also would respond.
"Just the mere presence of an officer on a regular basis will help to deter criminal activity. We have responded to a number of burglaries and disturbances there and I believe this joint venture will reduce those occurrences and make the residents feel safer," Williams said.
"Public safety and security of our residents is job one for our city government. I am thankful for the property management and Police Chief Troy Williams on the agreement reached this week. I hope every resident in every neighborhood understands the importance placed on safety by our outstanding police department," said City Councilman John Cannon, whose district includes the mobile home parks.