BID Programs

Public Safety

Contracted through Allied Universal, the BID’s Public Safety Team is comprised of six full-time and one part-time year-round Public Safety Officers (PSOs), and one full-time seasonal PSO dedicated to the Public Plazas. The PSOs patrol the neighborhood, rain or shine, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends.

The Public Safety Team is under the direct supervision of Scott Kimmins, the BID's Director of Operations, whose intimate knowledge of the district was honed by his 20 years as a member of the New York City Police Department's 13th Precinct.

The Public Safety officers fill a variety of roles in the district, including:

Acting as neighborhood ambassadors to residents, merchants and visitors, providing directions and assistance.
Notifying the appropriate authorities about "quality-of-life" concerns, ranging from illegal vendors to uncollected garbage.
Acting as the eyes and ears of the BID by observing conditions around them, so that suspicious activities can be quickly reported.
Documenting safety concerns such as malfunctioning traffic lights, broken curbs and potholes.
Offering appropriate assistance and referrals to the homeless.
Assisting the appropriate authorities in emergency situations such as traffic accidents or cases of personal injury.

Quick Stats

74.1%

Approval rating in 2016 Annual Community Survey

6

Full-time PSOs

14,164

Directions and other information provided to visitors in FY16

240K

Issues documented, reported, and assisted by the PSOs in FY16

Links / Resources

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