HOUSTON (FOX 26) - With his trusty snake stick in hand, Andrew Jones walks the trails of Cullinan park. He and his wife Tracy are there three-to-five times each week. He says they routinely spot all kinds of serpents.and over the years they've seen some questionable things that are NOT reptiles.
"We've reported several things," says Jones. "We've seen machetes. various types of knives and all sorts of things out here and we often see abandoned clothing items." These days, they're seeing something new. They've seeg Sugar Land police officers on patrol and not just in the parking lot. The city has one full-time officer who patrols on a four wheeler.
Patrol units swing through the parking lot every hour or so and the parking lot has newly-installed surveillance cameras. The city annexed Cullinan Park from Houston in January and started the patrols. Previously, the park had been kind of 'no man's land' patrolled occasionally by Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office deputies.
"They didn't have the resources and there was a little question," says officer Jason Brandt. "Is it Houston? Is it Fort Bend? That sort of thing. It's just one of those places that, it's off in a corner of the city limits of Sugar Land almost. So it kind of got forgotten about, I think." He says typical calls are for littering, suspicious people and occasionally, prostitution.
I don't want to give you the impression that this is a hotbed of criminal activity, far from it. That's not to say there haven't been some issues. Fort Bend County deputies discovered a five-acre marijuana field tucked in a remote part of the park in August 2014. The growers, who were living out there, managed to get away. Now these added patrols male it less likely something like that will happen again.