As a positive measure resulting from the swelling number of downtown visitors in recent months, the Hot Springs Police Department announces a new staffing plan that will increase safety by augmenting the uniformed law enforcement presence downtown.
The plan involves adding a Police Services Assistant and a motorcycle officer into the downtown rotation, in conjunction with the existing bicycle patrol and the assigned patrol officer for that coverage area. This will ensure the presence of law enforcement during peak times of pedestrian traffic, particularly on Friday and Saturday night. Once the school year ends, area school resource officers will also be assigned to the downtown corridor. The police department will collaborate with Hot Springs National Park on an overall enhanced law enforcement plan.
“Our highest priority is to ensure the safety of citizens and visitors alike while they enjoy our bustling downtown area,” said Police Chief Jason Stachey. “This also provides business owners, property owners and merchants an added measure of assurance. Obviously, the downtown is undergoing major transformation, and we want to do our part to support the growth and economic development that is rapidly unfolding.
“Although our police officers respond to few reported incidents downtown, implementing an enhanced law enforcement presence is a proactive way of providing elevated safety for everyone downtown,” Stachey added. The new staffing plan will go into effect next week.