Don’t be surprised if you spot more law enforcement members at Disney World. In the wake of recent domestic terror attacks, Walt Disney World is increasing their budget to hire even more Orange County Sheriff Deputies. Click Orlando is reporting the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the government agency that provides services to Walt Disney World, increased their budget for outside law enforcement to $15.8 million. This increase went into effect on October 1 which was also the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year.
For comparison sake, this increase is more than double that was allocated for same budget annually from 2011 through 2015. The budget each of those five years was $7 million. After the Pule nightclub attack in 2016, Reedy Creek increased their public safety budget to 13.7 million. Just a few months after that, an additional $1.4 million was added to the budget for hiring Orange County deputies.
Disney World does not disclose the exact amount of deputies patrolling Disney World property at any give time but with this increased budget, Guests are more than likely to notice them more frequently now. Armed Deputies might be spotted at park entrances, directly inside parks and resorts, or just patrolling the Disney World property in patrol cars and even unmarked cars.
In addition to the on-duty Orange County Sheriff Deputies, Reedy Creek will also be hiring additional off-duty deputies within a budget of $7 million. The Walt Disney Company also hires even additional off-duty deputies but that budget is not disclosed to the public.
While most are happy to see the increased security, others feel like it’s bringing reality into the one place you try to forgot aout your worries.
“It’s a little bit concerning that they think they need that much security. You’re walking around and you see the cops and wonder, ‘Why are there so many cops?'” said Geavin Channels, a frequent park-goer from Ocala, Florida. “It gives you that brief moment of anxiety.”
Source Credit: Click Orlando
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