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Walmart designates reserved parking spaces for law enforcement

The spaces are a sign of appreciation for on- and off-duty officers to use when shopping, the company said


Laura Damon
Newport Daily News

NEWPORT, R.I. — Law enforcement officers now have a reserved parking spot at Walmart, but it’s not just the corporate giant’s Newport location that’s making room for police.

“As a courtesy to law enforcement, we are designating a reserved parking space at all of our Walmart U.S. stores,” Casey Staheli, senior manager of national media relations at Walmart, said in an email to The Daily News. “We invited them to use this space, whether they are on or off duty as they shop with us. This is just one way we’re looking to strengthen our relationship with police, provide a greater sense of security at our stores, and appreciate the work they do serving our communities across the country.”

“Obviously the safety and security of our stores is a top priority,” Staheli said in a phone conversation with The Daily News, but he insisted the reserved spots are meant as a courtesy to law enforcement and “nothing more.”