Knotts to pay for two full-time Buena Park police officers

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Knotts to pay for two full-time Buena Park police officers

Knotts Berry Farm will pay $260,000 to have two Buena Park police officers at the park on a full-time basis.

The Police Department, which in the past has paid officers overtime to patrol the park during peak times, will assign those officers to the beat once it has enough staff in place, Chief Corey Sianez said.

Park guests can expect to see officers onsite sometime in the fall.

Knotts is one of our staple entertainment locations, said Aaron France, assistant to the city manager. We try to do our best to be a good partner in the community and help out when we can with these sort of things.

Including salary and benefits, Knotts will pay $130,000 per officer and $40,000 for a new police vehicle, France said. Disneyland has a similar arrangement with the Anaheim Police Department, paying $8.5 million for 11 full-time sworn positions at the resort.

Knotts officials did not respond to requests for comment.

You look at the Disneylands and the Knotts Berry Farms of Orange County, and theyre soft targets, Sianez said. We need to make sure that we partner with Knotts and figure out ways to harden it as a target.

Putting people in black-and-whites on the street, on patrol there, to respond to an emergency and ensure the safety of our community is our No. 1 priority.

The Police Department provides officers to Medieval Times on weekends and Buena Park High during the week, Sianez said.

Source: OC Register