BID Programs

Public Safety

Contracted through Summit Security, the Partnership's Public Safety Team is comprised of seven full-time and one part-time year-round Public Safety Officers (PSOs), including one full-time PSO dedicated to the Public Plazas. The PSOs patrol the neighborhood, rain or shine, weekdays from 9 am to 7 pm and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends. Please click here for a Public Safety & Social Services contacts and resource guide from the Partnership, Madison Square Park Conservancy & Community Board 5.

The Public Safety Team is under the direct supervision of Scott Kimmins, Director of Operations, whose intimate knowledge of the district was honed by his 20 years as a member of the New York 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 Partnership 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

88.6%

Approval rating in 2019 Annual Community Survey

7

Full-time PSOs

5,219

Directions and other information provided to visitors in FY19

5,963

Issues documented, reported, and assisted by the PSOs in FY19

Links / Resources

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