Friday Night Football Adds Security 9/6/13
September 6, 2013
Fort Stockton - A lot goes into making sure a Friday night football game goes off without any problems. You have paramedics standing by for the football players, officers in the crowds, and if you go to Fort Stockton you have police patrolling the parking lots.
"I tend to believe that if anything is going to happen, it is going to happen in the parking lot,” said Fort Stockton Police Officer Robert Garcia.
For Officer Garcia driving through the parking lot at a football game has become just another job to add to the list. "It just gives the fans and the out of town people a little bit of peace knowing that we are out here and watching their vehicles."
Throughout the years criminal mischief in the schools parking lot during the game has increased, prompting the school to call on the Fort Stockton Police for security.
"It's almost an everyday deal, we have caught people out here drinking, there have been a couple of fights, pretty much anything that you would expect to see when there is a large crowd," said Garcia.
Garcia says since the “School Resource Officer Program” began two years ago, they have seen a decrease in crime. However that doesn't stop a few from trying to bring narcotics onto the school ground. "They have signs all over the place stating that we do use a trained K9 up here, and if we have to we will deploy it as well.”
Garcia says Fort Stockton Police has always had a great relationship with the school district. He adds that this program not only provides safety for the citizens, but also allows them to talk one on one with the fans giving them a better sense of what is happening in their community.