The NYPD plan to increase security in Brooklyn Bridge Park after violence broke out at Pier 2 last week, forcing cops to evacuate the park.
During the 84th Precinct’s Community Council meeting at Borough Hall on Tuesday, April 18, Captain Roberto Melendez, who heads the precinct, requested security cameras for the park, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.
Melendez said he will also assign more officers to the park, increasing the number to approximately three sergeants and 24 officers a day, seven days a week.
Brooklyn Bridge Park was evacuated last Tuesday, April 11, while kids were on spring break. Large crowds created a disturbance and several fights reportedly broke out. Video footage showed a 15-year-old girl being attacked and robbed by a group on Pier 2 prior to the evacuation.
Tuesday’s evacuation follows a string of violent incidents on Pier 2 last year as well as disturbances on the Brooklyn Heights streets that lead to the park.
Brooklyn Paper reported in March that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was planning to install ten to twenty surveillance cameras on homes along Joralemon Street, spanning Furman to Court Streets.
The cameras would be an extension of Adams’ 2016 “Operation Safe Shopper” program in which business groups were each given $2,500 to purchase cameras for local storefronts to prevent crime.