Westchester County faces shortage of patrol officers in county parks
Members of the Westchester County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) are calling for more police officers to help patrol county parks.
With summer just around the corner, officials say a shortage of county police officers could compromise safety for residents in the area.
News 12 has been told that there are, at most, two patrol units in charge of policing the county's 50 parks on a daily basis.
The issue has been a problem in the past. Just last year, a Brooklyn man drowned at Croton Point Park. No officers were present at the time of the incident.
PBA President Mike Hagan says the county police department should have 292 officers, but are currently down by 10 due to budget cuts. Officials say that figure could fall by the end of the year as officers retire.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's office told News 12 in a statement that "the current vacancy rate of three percent is normal, very manageable and provides adequate staffing for the department to fulfill its responsibilities."
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