2016-06-01 / Front Page

NYPD Keeps The Peace Each Summer At Flushing Meadows

By Liz Goff
A formidable line of defense will keep people safe in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park this summer – the same team of police and law enforcement agents that kept watch over the US Open Tennis Tournament last August.

Queens police officials said published reports charging the NYPD has pulled a Summer Detail of police from Flushing Meadows was erroneous. “It seems that someone passed off bad information,” police officials said. “We will have a full detail of officers assigned to the park this summer,” officials said. The cops will be reassigned from precincts throughout the borough to work in the park this year, instead of pulling them from one or two precincts.”

Cops assigned to the NYPD Atlas and Hercules Units, borough Auxiliary officers and officers from the 109th, 110th and 112th Precincts will make up the core of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 2016 Summer Detail, officials said.

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

“Flushing Meadows will never be without police coverage,” officials said. “The park will never be without dedicated patrols to deter crime and provide enforcement.”

Police assigned to the Summer Detail will also be on hand to police the US Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadows in August, police officials said.

Patrons of the 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, 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. The cops regularly patrol bridges, tunnels, airports, high security buildings and other locations throughout the city.

“It’s a little difficult for people who see them for the first time,” police officials said. “They are a formidable presence.”

Queens police officials said they are confident that the coverage provided by the NYPD this summer at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will give guests a sense of security while they play soccer, baseball, basketball and enjoy events that visit Queens throughout the season.

“We believe will provide more than ample police coverage at Flushing Meadows this summer,” police officials said. “We will just continue to utilize borough-wide resources for coverage instead of taking cops from precincts in one or two communities.”

A spokesperson for the city Department of Parks and Recreation said a Park Enforcement Patrol consisting of two teams of officers will also be on hand at Flushing Meadows this summer.

“We will have more than adequate enforcement at the park this year,” the spokesperson said. “The low crime numbers in recent years speak for themselves.”

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