A Walk in the Park
Eucalyptus Park, once an inviting recreation center for residents of Hawthorne, Calif., had become a favorite hangout for drug dealers, truants and vandals. To make the area safe again, the Los Angeles suburb initially stationed a police officer in the park every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“It was an enormous drain on our resources,” said Lt. Jim Royer of the Hawthorne Police Department. “And it left us with fewer officers to patrol our streets.”