The county Board of Supervisors has asked the state for law enforcement assistance at the Imperial Sand Dunes.
The board made the request at the supervisors' meeting Tuesday.
The request follows the Thanksgiving holiday weekend where, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 190,000 visitors at the dunes were overseen by 35 law enforcement officers. Several problems arose in the dunes that weekend, including a gunfight and stabbings.
The resolution by Supervisor Wally Leimgruber stated law enforcement at the Imperial Sand Dunes has become inadequate considering the number of visitors.
All the supervisors supported the resolution. Supervisor Gary Wyatt, though, said he did not think it went far enough.
"I'm not sure what this will accomplish except to say ‘help,'" Wyatt said.
The BLM says 300 officers are needed to patrol the dunes, he said. The county sheriff says 500 to 600 people are needed but Wyatt said he thinks the chances are pretty slim of getting that.