BALTIMORE (AP) — Some parents in Baltimore County say they are concerned with the decision to pull police from recreation centers because there is a need on the street for more full-time officers.

Baltimore County has nine Police Athletic League Centers, or PAL centers, but the budget concerns are forcing the county to back away from the police-run rec centers.

Eboni Jackson of Parkville tells the Baltimore Sun that she has seen where fights are about to start, and says that just having the officers in the centers deters them. She says that officers need to be in the centers every day.

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson says the centers will remain open and offer the same program. He says officers will continue to have a strong presence.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. williejoe says:

    The criminals will just go to the Rec centers now to deal their drugs. What about an auxiliary police force that has a direct link with the command center of the county police hdqtr’s?

  2. Lisa Westervelt says:

    I have been to the Hillendale center, i have volunteered there many times, played with the kids, and I know first hand that taking the officer and mentor out of thae facility is going to turn it into nothing but another place for the drugs to be sold and the ckrime to happen even more. Even with the officer’s presence you have to break up fights and stuff can you imagine what is going to happen when they are gone! Hire more police officers and stop stretching the ones they hav too thin! The kids need a safe place to go, a good person to talk to, a good mentor, they are taking that away!

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