Corinth park may tighten security

Alcorn StockThe Associated Press

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — Officials of Crossroads Regional Park say they are considering new security measures after a sexual assault was reported at the park earlier this month.

Park director Todd Witt told the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors the park has relied solely on Corinth police for security.

The Daily Corinthian reported, other options are now under consideration, including heightened patrols by Corinth police, Alcorn sheriff’s deputies and hiring a security officer dedicated to the park.

The park would likely target the tougher security at times when there are fewer activities going on. The park is supposed to be closed to the public between midnight and 6 a.m.

Park officials have considered using security cameras in the past but were advised against it because of liability issues. Witt said it may be time to reconsider.

“Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, you can’t have enough security,” said Witt. “It’s something we’re definitely going to have to look at.”

He said the park commission has looked at security issues in the past but more in terms of curbing vandalism problems.

The park submitted a fiscal 2013-2014 budget request for $275,000 from the county, asking for a 5 percent budget increase. Witt submitted a list of park needs including additional staff and security.

Corinth police continue to investigate the assault, which occurred at gunpoint on the night of Aug. 14.