Stiles also said having an armed and uniformed police officer “is a heck of a deterrent. He’s able to take any kind of action that’s necessary.”

While working at football games, for example, the chief said police do drug enforcement, break up fights, make arrests for disorderly conduct, and check the safety of parking lots.

Stiles noted many other municipalities have similar policies, including Whitehall police working at the Lehigh Valley Mall.