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Security contract for Big Four Bridge likely to be extended in Jeffersonville

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) - There have been no big crime issues on the Jeffersonville side of the Big Four Bridge, and the city council wants to keep it that way.

"They're there four days a week, Monday through Thursday," said Jeffersonville City Council President Dennis Julius, referring to off-duty police officers near the Big Four Bridge.

Monday night, city council members voted to recommend that the Parks Authority approve an extension to K4 Security.

The private company has been providing security near the ramp since it opened. Its current 10-week contract with the city expires in August, but an upcoming vote would extend that for another 12 weeks.

"We think that the police presence has detoured problems," said Julius.

The deal would cost the Parks Authority about $32,000. The officers arrive in their cruisers but drive around on golf carts. They have guns, handcuffs and can make arrests.

The K4 off-duty officers kind of have a two-pronged approach: not only to keep people safe on the bridge, but also to patrol a 2 to 3 block area around the new park.

Making sure people stay off the new grass and the equipment, and away from fresh concrete.

"I've seen plenty of security and undercover, but nothing that's suspecting and makes me scared,” said Tiffany Polk who walks the bridge a few times a week. “I just like it at night because it's cooler."

In June, council members voted to add three new officers to the force. But since they won't hit the streets for another year, this current partnership gives relief to others currently on the street.

"That allows the patrols that we already have in place to respond to the normal calls for service, without having to be stretched so thin that they have to maintain a presence in that area," said Jeffersonville Police Detective Todd Hollis.

Jeffersonville police patrol on weekends and are sometimes out directing traffic or responding to minor calls near the ramp.

Julius says the extra security is not supposed to be overwhelming.

"We want just enough presence to let everybody know that it's a safe environment and that the residents down there want people to come down there," said Julius.

The Parks Authority will vote on Monday, July 28th.

If they decide to continue security after October, it'll likely be scaled back due to cooler weather.

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