THE BRONX - Bronx residents say they're concerned with the lack of parks officers patrolling the borough's parks.

The union representing parks officers agrees, saying the lack of presence is because there are a total of five officers, two sergeants and one captain assigned to the nearly 7,000 acres of parkland in The Bronx.

Residents say it is hard for them to enjoy the parks when they are worried about their safety.

The Department of Parks and Recreation did not confirm the numbers released by the union, but says crime in city parks is actually down 27 percent.  It adds that the NYPD is responsible for crime prevention, even in parks.

The parks enforcement patrol union is asking the city for $10 million more in funding so it can build more staff.