Forest Park To Get Police Dept. Security Cameras Next Year

Staff Writer

In response to recent incidents, security cameras will be installed at Forest Park next year.

According to Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), he and State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) allocated $250,000 for the cameras to be placed at the park earlier this year. The NYPD finally agreed to install the cameras earlier this week, the Assemblyman said.

Miller said that the cameras will serve as a deterrent to criminals who would try to commit a crime there. This will now assist police in trying to catch a perpetrator if he or she is caught on film at the park.

“God forbid something happens, they can get somebody on tape and get a good description,” Miller said.

There have been several assaults at the park this year, including the last one in August when a woman was tasered and raped while jogging.

There will be 14 cameras in total at the park. It is not known where exactly in the park they will be placed, but Miller said they will likely go near the park’s entrances, Park Lane South and Woodhaven Boulevard for example, and any area where people are more likely to use the park.

Other areas being looked at for the cameras, Miller said, include Forest Park Drive and Park Lane South, 80th Street and Myrtle Avenue and near Victory Field.

The Assemblyman said the cameras should be in place within the next six months to a year.

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