September 22nd, 2017

Room with a view: cops clamp down on park sex

By Villeneuve, Melissa on April 21, 2017.

Indecent acts prompt city

to clear foliage

Melissa Villeneuve

Lethbridge Herald

Getting frisky in public spaces could net criminal charges, according to Lethbridge police who are dealing with “chronic” indecent activity in the river valley.

Over the past few months, police have responded to numerous calls about couples engaging in indecent acts near the Elks Compound.

Police say sex acts are occurring in green spaces, in view of other citizens lawfully using the park.

These acts have been observed and reported by members of the public as well as officers conducting routine patrols.

As a result, members of the Downtown Policing Unit have increased patrols. The City of Lethbridge will be removing trees, brush and branches in the area that is most commonly being used by offenders in order to further deter the activity.

Police have been issuing warnings to offenders, but advise that criminal charges are possible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In an effort to ensure the indecent activity is not displaced to other public areas, police will continue to actively patrol the river valley and other parks and green spaces.

Anyone who observes suspicious activity, including lewd conduct anywhere in the city, is asked to contact the Public Safety Communications Centre at 403-328-4444.

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