BCPD Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times the department will have reserve officers out on foot patrols during the evenings to keep an eye out.
"They're having some vandalism over there," Archer said. "It starts popping up as it gets warmer in the spring and summer. When it first starts warming up, people stay out and we seem to have more vandalism."
Recently, Brazil Park Board officials informed The Times that close to 40 windows have been broken out in various buildings throughout Forest Park, including 33 at the cow palace.
Park officials said the vandalism began close to three weeks ago. In addition, they said a break-in at a restroom at Babe Wheeler Park also took place.
"It is very frustrating," Brazil Park Board President Ruthann Jeffries said. "We're working on a very short budget anyway.
"I don't understand when we really work hard to provide nice parks for people, why some people choose to destroy them."
Park officials are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest(s) and prosecution regarding the recent vandalism.
Jeffries said she estimated the total damage was more than $1,300. And as the board is under budget restraints this year, paying for the damage will be difficult.
"We're down to the bare bones. Where we'll get this money, I don't know. But we'll just take it from some place."
The department currently has 10 reserve officers on staff, although Archer said foot patrol work isn't commonplace for the department.
"When we have high vandalism in areas, we will put them out there on foot patrols," he said, adding people would hide or leave if they see headlights in the area. "On foot patrol, it gives us more of a stealthy position."
Archer said having foot patrols comb the parks in the evenings is something that has been discussed in the past.
"I don't know if there is ever enough because there are 24 hours in a day," he said.
Archer added he hoped more personnel would be scouring the other parks in the city in the future.
"You are getting some (vandalism) in the other parks as well, but not as much as what we are having at (Forest Park)," Archer said.
"We need to get these people prosecuted and they need to be held accountable," she said.