WESTERLY, R.I. (WJAR) — The Westerly Police Department is increasing patrols at the Bradford Quarry, as people have been cliff jumping and swimming in the area.
“Basically, the patrol assigned to that section of town is instructed to check those particular streets throughout their shift to see if there's any activity or parking there,” Capt. Shawn Lacey said. “Then, they have to actually walk into the quarry to see if, in fact, there are people swimming.”
During the weekend, police wrote 38 citations at the quarry, with 34 charged with trespassing, and 4 others charged with swimming. Lacey said officers wrote more citations for trespassing on July 23 and July 24 than any weekend this summer.
While the location has been a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving for years, it’s located on private property. Officers also want to put a stop to the water activity because it’s dangerous.
“There are rocks that jet out under the water throughout every part of the quarry,” Lacey said.
Lacey went on to say that that there have been drownings there in recent years. In 2015, 28-year-old Jack Daniels fell to his death in another part of the quarry.
Lacey also said people are talking about the quarry and sharing photos of it on the Internet and social media.
“I saw it one of the police reports this past weekend that they said, ‘Oh no. We searched it online -- cliff jumping,’” he said.
Still, police are advising the public to keep out of the area.