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.