Friday morning during our newscasts it was reported that due to some recent gang and drug activity at some parks in the City of Riverside, the city was hiring armed guards to patrol the parks. We have found out that this is not correct. As an ongoing effort to ensure that city parks are safe and that everyone is welcome to enjoy the parks, the city is simply looking at options to augment safety measures already in place. One possible option is the hiring of private security guards, and NO decision has been made as to whether or not those guards would be armed.
We are deeply sorry if the information reported alarmed anyone or raised unnecessary concerns.
Brandi Lanai, News Director