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Birmingham leaders consider park rangers to increase park security

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After a deadly shooting Sunday in Birmingham's Harrison Park, ABC 33/40 has exclusively learned city leaders met Monday to discuss security.

As it stands now, the Birmingham Police patrol city parks. For example, some officers are assigned to Railroad Park, which received the extra help after a deadly shooting last year.

Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson supports increased funding to the Parks and Recreation department as well as park rangers. He insists police can't protect more than 100 city parks alone.

"If we had a park ranger, if we had security presence at a park who could check our parks daily, those type of incidents might not happen," Roberson said. 

Department leaders are planning budgets for next year. They will have hearings in April. Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this developing story.

 

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