In an effort to make City of Tucson parks safe and appealing for everyone, community service officers (CSOs) are now assigned to patrol the parks and enforce laws.
Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Tucson Police Department (TPD) train the CSOs. They learn about crisis intervention, defensive tactics, first aid, CPR, and use of Narcan in the case of an opiod overdose. They also receive general training from Parks and Recreation.
The CSOs are assigned a park to patrol in two-person units. They are not commissioned police officers and cannot make arrests, but they can issue civil citations, and they carry a police radio to contact TPD directly if needed. To learn more about the new Parks/TPD collaboration, watch the latest "Sierra Says" video below.