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New York State Park Police Union: Not Enough Officers At LI Parks, Beaches

July 02, 2018 - 4:22 pm
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WANTAGH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for the New York State Park Police said there are not enough police patrolling the beaches and parks on Long Island.

Thus, the union said, those going to the beaches in parks are in danger.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, there was a 100-person brawl over the weekend at Jones Beach, said the head of the Park Police PBA, Sgt. Manny Vilar.

Only six Parks Police officers were on duty at the time. Vilar said that was not enough.

“The condition has gotten so bad that we, as the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, have submitted legislation to merge the New York State Park Police with the New York State troopers, because we no longer have confidence in New York State Parks’ ability to properly staff and maintain the police force,” Vilar said.

Vilar said when officers retired over the years, they never hired anyone to replace them.

The Park Police said in a statement: “State Parks has authorized Park Police training academies for the past five consecutive years, steadily increasing Park Police levels from 207 officers to 250 officers currently. To assist Park Police in peak summer months, State Parks hires an additional 125 public safety rangers.”