Private Security Guards Hired for Public Pools

July 9, 2010 Updated Jul 10, 2010 at 12:42 AM EDT

By WKBW News

July 9, 2010 Updated Jul 10, 2010 at 12:42 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) The recent heat wave that has hit Western New York drove many people to the city's outdoor pools. But problems over the last few days has caused the new action to be taken. Fights, violence, and an attack on a lifeguard have spurred the city to hire security guards for its public pools.

Mayor Byron Brown re-opened Centennial Pool in LaSalle Park on July 1st, after a multi-million dollar renovation. Friday, Mayor Brown changed his tune. Multiple incidents at multiple pools over the last few days have led the city to add extra security. The Mayor says kids were being bullied, lifeguards were pushed into pools, and a lifeguard chair was torn down and thrown into a pool. Starting this weekend there will be security guards at all Buffalo pools. Mayor Brown called it frustrating and unacceptable, and said it will not be tolerated.

"It is disappointing that after millions of dollars have been spent to make sure these facilities are open and accessible for children and families, that a few bad actors would engage in this type of behavior that costs the taxpayers of this community additional money," the Mayor said.

Mayor Brown also urged parents to talk to their children about appropriate behavior in public places like pools, hoping that education leads to prevention.