Highland Square businesses chip in to hire off-duty officers to keep eclectic neighborhood safe. Reported by Amanda Garrett. Akron Police Lieutenant Mark Farrar on Saturday strolled by Highland Theatre, Square Records and Square Bar as clouds threatened more rain on this summery afternoon. He was off duty, but in uniform and working a side gig interacting with people at Highland Square, part of a new initiative launched this week to keep the city’s increasingly busy, eclectic neighborhood safe as warm weather begins to attract crowds. Ward 1 Councilman Rich Swirsky organized Step Up for Square Safety, but it’s being paid for by Highland Square’s business owners who until now never collaborated.