2015-09-09 / Features

NYPD Ready To Keep Peace During US Open


A formidable line of defense is keeping people safe in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this summer – part of the same team of police and law enforcement agents that are keeping watch over the US Open Tennis Tournament.

NYPD enforcement at the US Open is handled each year through the Patrol Borough Queens North Command under Commander, Asst. Chief Diana Pizzuti. Police officials said plans to secure players, patrons and the public at the US Open are a year-long process. “Asst. Chief Pizzuto and her team of supervisors will start making plans for next year’s tournament just weeks after the 2015 matches end,” police officials said. “They don’t get a lot of breathing room before they’re back to making plans to keep everyone safe.”

Cops assigned to local precincts, the NYPD Atlas and Hercules Units, and borough Auxiliary Police officers make up the core of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2015 Summer Detail, officials said.

The cops patrol the park each day from 8 am to 5 pm, including weekends, on foot patrols, in patrol cars, and scooters, the officials said. Additional officers have been assigned to work on weekends and whenever the park hosts a festival or other special event, police officials said.

Police assigned to the Summer Detail are assigned each year to maintain order during the Colombian Festival at Flushing Meadows – the largest event in Queens,” police officials said. “Cops assigned to police the event are successful in maintaining order in a park filled with people who love to party.”

The same team of police officers is assisting other law enforcement agencies in policing the US Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadows, where only a few minor incidents marred the love match over recent years, police officials said

Patrons of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament are scanned at the entrance where bags and backpacks are searched. Police also search for sealed packages, hand coolers, containers, glass bottles and cans, aerosol cans, alcoholic beverages, commercial video cameras, recording devices, computers, laptops, all weapons (even those with a permit), laser pointing devices, tennis rackets, bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller skates – all items that are considered dangerous by a police force trained to spot items that can be used by terrorists or others plotting death or destruction, officials said.

Armor-clad, rifle-toting Atlas and Hercules officers are no strangers to anti-terror tactics established by the NYPD, officials said. “These officers are routinely assigned to events that draw large crowds throughout the city, and their appearance can be a little difficult for people who see them for the first time,” police officials said. “They are a formidable presence.”

A spokesperson for the city Department of Parks and Recreation said a Park Enforcement Patrol consisting of two teams of officers is also on hand at Flushing Meadows during the summer months, and during the US Open.

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