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Kennett officers announce 'Operation City Parks'

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

When the sun sets, the problems begin.

In response to a recent overnight shooting near a city park, Kennett city officials are enforcing with a comprehensive plan to protect the parks.

Beautiful spring days offer families the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the city parks system.

That's why the Kennett Police Department is starting "Operation City Parks," where they plan to crack down on anyone who threatens the safety and natural beauty of the parks system.

"You can see a police officer right now, circling by."

Their presence is more pronounced.

Kennett Mayor Jake Crafton said with six parks in the city and summer right around the corner, it's the perfect time to ensure a safe place to play outside.

"We want to provide that investment to our citizens and that way they can enjoy," said Mayor Crafton. "I mean city's not just police, fire and streets. It's recreational and that's what the park system is for."

Diane Goodwin said visits the park every other day with her daughter.

It's one of their favorite places.

And she said this new initiative will keep them coming back.

"Yeah more safer seeing a lot of police doing their jobs," said Goodwin.

The city attorney's office said it will prosecute city ordinance violations.

Mayor Crafton said he hopes strict enforcement of peace disturbances, moving violations and assaults will deter any unwanted activity.

"Somebody's that not looking to do right in the parks they know there's a different penalty/violation, I hope they think twice about doing what they're not supposed to do," Mayor Crafton said.

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