𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗥𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝘁 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲
What is Public Safety?
The uniformed members of the Public Safety Department (PSD) are special patrolmen and women designated by the Police Commissioner of the City of New York, and authorized by Section 2.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law to act as peace officers. The PSD is a division of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the NYS public-benefit authority that runs and maintains services for the Island and plans for its future development.
PSD officers are the front-line problem solvers for the Roosevelt Island community. Working closely with the NYPD’s 114th Precinct, with FDNY and their emergency medical services (EMS) - all based in Queens - the Public Safety Department provides a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week presence on the island.
PSD assists in enforcing all State and City laws, including traffic regulations and those sections of the Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, and Vehicle and Traffic Laws as they pertain to Roosevelt Island. Officers are trained to know these laws and regulations, the laws of arrest and the constitutional rights of the individual. PSD officers have undergone extensive training for sensitivity to bias crimes and crimes involving sexual assault and harassment.
As of September 1, PSD officers have responded to 1,519 calls for service in 2018 consisting of more than 35 different types of requests including EMS, shoplifting, disabled cars and vehicle accidents, juvenile-related incidents, lost-and-found property, landlord-tenant disputes, grand larceny, robbery assault and burglary.
And as testament to their work, Roosevelt Island has one of the lowest crime rates in New York City metropolitan area.
In addition, PSD officers handle traffic control, parking enforcement, the escorting of over-sized trucks via the Helix for construction projects, commercial deliveries, and TV and movie shoots among others.
Led by Chief Jack McManus and Deputy Chief Kevin Brown, both former high-ranking officers for the NYPD, the Public Safety Department has more than 45 officers, and civilian employees, who work in three-different shifts covering 24 hours each day.