This spring, Fishers Parks & Recreation will partner with the Fishers Police Department to launch a new public safety program designed to enhance the overall safety in our city parks.Stop by the kickoff meeting on April 9 to learn more.
Park Watch will give individuals, as well as groups, the opportunity to assist the City of Fishers by having a purpose driven presence in our parks. While in the parks, volunteers will use their eyes and ears to detect concerns and then report those concerns to the appropriate department.
Park Watch volunteers will be watchful for suspicious activity, including:
- People or groups of people behaving inappropriately
- Vehicles occupied for extended periods of time
- Reckless driving
- People in the parks after dark
The police department considers any unusual activity to be suspicious activity. In order to afford police officers the best chance to locate and identify the suspicious persons, all suspicious activity must be reported immediately by calling 911.
Examples of concerns that are less time sensitive include:
- Vandalism (not in progress)
- Damage to property
- Trash issues
- General maintenance of the facilities
Volunteers will be encouraged to contact The Hamilton County Dispatch Center at 317-773-1282 or Fishers Parks & Recreation at 317-595-3150 during normal business hours to report issues that can be addressed later.
Please note, volunteers in the Park Watch program are expected to “observe and report” only. At no time should any volunteer personally engage or address a concern without the presence of an on-duty police officer. The City of Fishers reserves the right to dismiss any volunteer from this program if it is determined they have placed themselves or others in harm’s way.