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State Parks Should Have More Cops

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

A major police union is taking aim at the state parks department for its “patchwork patrol policy” and warning visitors at historic sites and parks to remain vigilant this week and be aware of their surroundings.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of New York, which represents the police officers working at more than 180 parks and public venues across the state, has for years criticized the office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for dispatching what they say is an insufficient number of officers to handle crowds on holiday weekends and during peak seasons.

“Officers are being assigned to locations and venues for special events at Bear Mountain, Jones Beach and Niagara Falls while other local facilities may be left unpatrolled or require lengthy response times in the event of an emergency,” PBA New York Director Manuel Vilar said. “The simple fact is that the current staffing level is insufficient to combat the demands of the season.”

Click here to read the full article in the Times Union.