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Flushing Meadows Park overrun with crime as supervision slashed

One of the Big Apple’s hottest and crime-ridden parks is routinely being left unguarded.

The metropolis has considerably slashed the variety of parks enforcement patrol officers assigned to Flushing Meadows Corona Park over the previous few months – a transfer that left Queens’ largest park with out on-duty safety throughout giant chunks of a minimum of a dozen days the previous month – together with Wednesday and Thursday, some officers and their union advised The Post.

“It’s shocking they won’t prioritize a park this big,” stated Joe Puleo, president of Local 983 of District Council 37. “It puts everyone in danger – both the public and our members who lack the resources to enforce the law.”

Flushing Meadows has a longstanding popularity of attracting wild gatherings after 9 pm, when the park closes and the general public is meant to go away. Sometimes 1000’s collect close to Meadow Lake, Fountain of the Planets, the officers and union stated.

Some get excessive off booze and medicines, rev muscle automobiles, blast music, and urinate on the grass, they added.

Flushing Meadow Park
A Parks Department spokesperson insisted Flushing Meadows is correctly being guarded, including it at present has 18 officers assigned over two shifts.
Robert Mecea for NY Post

In the fiscal 12 months ending June 30, there have been 35 reported crimes at Flushing Meadows, essentially the most of any park within the borough and third to solely Manhattan’s Central Park and Washington Square Park citywide, information present.

Puleo stated Flushing Meadows can be a magnet for a lot of unreported crimes, particularly the place the victims are undocumented immigrants.

The Police Department not often patrols the park and usually takes about 20 minutes to answer calls the unarmed peace officers make for help, he stated.

Since September, two to 4 park officers have been assigned per shift to watch all the 898-acre park, down from a median of six to eight beforehand, some officers and Puleo stated. 

Flushing Meadow Park
Flushing Meadows has a longstanding popularity of attracting wild gatherings after 9 pm,
Robert Mecea for NY Post

A Parks Department spokesperson insisted Flushing Meadows is correctly being guarded, including it at present has 18 officers assigned over two shifts.

However, Puleo stated the division over the previous three months has routinely reassigned most of those officers to Rufus King Park in Jamaica.

On many days, Rufus King – which is slated for tens of millions of {dollars} in upgrades and borders a bustling, up-and-coming neighborhood – has seen greater than double the safety of Flushing Meadows, regardless of solely being 11.5 acres, he added.

The Parks Department insisted Rufus King isn’t getting particular remedy. 

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