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NYPD's 78th Precinct Will Keep Order at Barclays Center

Though the Barclays Center is actually located within the 88th Precinct, Park Slope station house is closer to the arena.

The NYPD’s 78th Precinct has been tapped to keep order at the Barclays Center, even though the arena actually falls in the 88th Precinct, reports the New York Post.

Though the arena is technically located within the 88th Precinct’s borders, it is a half-mile away from the precinct’s station house in Clinton Hill, while only a block away from the 78th Precinct’s station house on Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, says the Post.

The decision will mean more cops in the 78th Precinct, and the paper says that it could also create “mega-overtime” for the officers who have to deal with arena traffic, scalpers and unruly sports fans.

So while the choice could be a win for Park Slope residents who will benefit from increased security, the article says that some community leaders in the 88th Precinct aren’t too happy with the NYPD’s decision.

“The 88th Precinct will be affected by the arena just as much as the [78th Precinct]—if not more—so we should be getting the extra cops because crime is already higher here,” an anonymous Fort Greene activist told the Post.

Joe Gonzalez March 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Since Brooklyn police precincts rountinely sending their cops to patrol Manhattan streets especially hotels and landmarks, I now wonder aloud, will the new arena rate high enough on the public safety scale that Manhattan cops will be assigned to patrol this arena's environs?
nyc March 07, 2012 at 12:51 PM
The developer of the property should be responsible for the additional cost of policing attributable to it.
Lucy March 18, 2012 at 02:15 PM
It should be a shared responsibility. All the surrounding communities will be effected by the arena and the police should not be drawn from one community's precinct leaving that community short of protection. The security constitutes yet another subsidy for the developer. The police frequently have to coordinate command. Look at Occupy Wall Street where police were pulled from all over the city to police Zuccotti Park and the OWS marches.
FortGreener September 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM
It's amazing how many commenters have low reading comprehension. The article clearly states that the 78th will be beefed up with additional officers. And yes, having the precinct 1 block away will make a difference practically speaking. Thank you commissioner Kelly for using common sense.
BRADY September 24, 2012 at 04:26 AM
FortGreener,lets hope so, with a capacity of 18,000 it's a lot to be responsible for ,as for the precinct being one block away,have you ever been in there, 3 mabey 4 cops around, most of the others are out in the neighborhood

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