- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Sheriff’s deputies will conduct more patrols in Chaparral parks following concerns about excessive vandalism there.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1dzMTkp ) that County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil told residents Wednesday that he’s hiking up patrols in the parks, which the Dona Ana County Commission is threatening to close.

Vigil says closing the parks will make them a haven for vandals and drug dealers. Instead, he suggested the commission consider technology and improved lighting to deter criminal activity.

A number of Chaparral residents asked the commission not to close the parks where they walk, exercise and play.

Vigil says he will need the cooperation of residents in Chaparral if he takes officers from other areas and moves them to the park.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com


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