ST/PCV ditches security SUVs

One of three new scooters to be used by public safety officers, along with a fleet of bikes (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

The Public Safety department of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village invested in a fleet of six new bikes and three new Segway scooters, while also saying goodbye to three of its five SUV trucks.

The shift in transportation methods has a couple of reasons, according to StuyTown Property Services.

The first is to increase visibility of a security presence as a crime deterrent. The other is to make it easier for residents to get to know public safety officers.

The department is also in the midst of instituting a program similar to one being introduced by the 13th Precinct which places officers in very specific areas to act as community liaisons. The idea is to make it easier for neighborhood residents to form relationships with local law enforcement.

“We want for a kid to walk up and say, ‘Hi, Officer Gabe,’” explained Rick Hayduk, Stuyvesant Town general manager of the strategy, which was the idea of Public Safety Chief Frances Martin. “If you’re in Peter Cooper, you’re in Peter Cooper five days a week. You stay there and build relationships.”

It is also aimed at making sure every section of the property has security coverage nearby. One officer will be stationed either on foot, bike or Segway in each of four sectors in ST/PCV. They will be sent elsewhere only for emergencies as other officers will be assigned to respond to issues inside buildings. Along with crime deterrence, the outdoor officers are also expected to handle things like dog and bike rule enforcement.

Asked what the routine would be in cold or crummy weather, Hayduk said the officers will still remain outside, although they can head to security kiosks on the perimeter of the property (currently under repair but soon to be completed, according to Hayduk) to warm up or keep dry before heading back out.

Though not electronic, the new bikes are high-speed and meant for on and off-road use. Since public safety is also considered a department of first responders, two of the SUVs will remain onsite.

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2 thoughts on “ST/PCV ditches security SUVs

  1. My first response seems not to have taken. So then, this is the second one. From memory: While I see more PS officers about the complex, I wish I also saw a decrease in noise, dogs coming in from outside, etc.. While the presence of PS can be heart warming, I am not interested in becoming buddies with them, just in them doing their job, which includes the decrease I was talking about. I still do not see this decrease, however. I see no movement at all in “escorting ” dog walkers from the property, something that was told two times, a year apart, by the General Manager. Every day, I see repeated violations of the rules, despite the increased presence of PS, which seems for show rather than true enforcement. Unless a bike almost runs into a PS officer at the Oval, nothing much is said. Or so it appears. Let me know otherwise. I would love to see, and see is the operative word, the various infractions being dealt with.

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