Lethbridge Police have increased patrols and are working with the parks department to have trees trimmed and brush removed in order to deter indecent activity in the river valley.
Over the past few months police have responded to what has become a chronic problem with couples engaging in indecent acts near the Elks Compound. 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.
In an effort to deter the activity, members of the Downtown Policing Unit have increased patrols and 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.
To date, police have issued warnings to offenders caught engaging in indecent activity, but police are advising that criminal charges are possible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Police will continue to actively patrol the river valley and other parks and green spaces to ensure this indecent activity is not simply displaced to other public areas.
Anyone who observes suspicious activity, including lewd conduct – in the river valley or anywhere else in the city – is asked to contact the Public Safety Communications Centre at 403-328-4444.