Benton police focus on criminal activities at parks this June

The Benton Police Department has a specific issue that it focuses on each month. During the month of June, it will focus on criminal activities at city parks.

These activities include vehicle racing, possible drug use, people fighting and people using vulgar language or slurs near children.

"Although there have been some complaints, the parks in the city are safe place for residents to visit and enjoy," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson. "With summer arriving, this initiative is designed to send the message to those that might participate in illegal behavior that it will not be tolerated and that our parks will continue to be good places for people to enjoy without fear."

As part of the initiative, the department will also partner with agencies such as the Arkansas Game and Fish for areas near river access points.

Officers are also going to conduct additional patrols during ball games and other activities.