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Cops to 'Get Tough:" Vandals Kip Playground In Audubon (Reprinted from Thursday'! Lata Edition Camden County Park author ities ordered a "get toiiRh" policy Thursday in an effort to curb vandalism ol park equipment by youngsters. The order was issued after it was disclosed that playground equipment was damaged at Au dubon recently. Vallio Francesconi, chairman or me parKs police committee, estimated damage at $2000. He said it included tearing down the fence surrounding the playground, damaged swings and sliding ooaras ana anchored posts lrom equipment ripped from founda tions. County Park Police Chief Ray niond Start was ordered here after to send all vandalism sus pects to the Children's Shelter in Ponnsauken. Then the cases will ho handed over to juvenile au thorities for processing. "Gentleness hasn't paid off in the past," Francesconi said. He explained the previous procedure procedure was to "lecture" youngsters youngsters caught doing damage to equipment. They were then turned over to their parents after a warning. Francesconi issued the order after conferring with 0. V. Swisher, park commission president; president; William Ranken and George Lymper, members of the police committee. Flooding -Courier-Pnat -Courier-Pnat -Courier-Pnat -Courier-Pnat Photo by Bob Noble TANGLED MESS of destruction left by vandals at the Camden County Park playground in Audubon is examined by Park Commissioner Vallie Francesconi. Vandals caused some $2000 damage, he said, leading-park leading-park leading-park authorities to order a "get tough" policy with suspects.