The New York Police Department's strategy for keeping visitors and residents safe in and around the soon-to-be-opened Barclays Center just took a major step forward.
An elected official with knowledge of the proposal confirmed that the in on Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street will take over policing Barclays Center and Atlantic Terminal. Although the precinct is located in Prospect Heights, it primarily covers Park Slope.
Currently, the based in Clinton Hill covers a portion of Barclays Center and all of Atlantic Terminal Mall—both developed by Forest City Ratner.
Lolita Jackson, director of special projects for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told members of the Atlantic Yards Service Cabinet on July 12 that police commissioner Ray Kelly sent a letter to Bloomberg detailing his recommendations for Barclays Center.
"It came as a surprise to everyone," said Robert Perris, district manager of Community Board 2, regarding Kelly's letter, which was highly anticipated by residents looking for a hint at NYPD's final plan on policing the 17,000-seat arena.
Perris confirmed word of a change in the boundaries of the 78th and 88th precincts, saying that plans would not involve a change of boundaries between Community Board 6 and Community Board 2.
An NYPD spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
The City Council must vote to approve the changes after a 60-day review period.
And with Brooklyn Nets co-owner , it seemed likely that final policing plans would have be to settled quickly, said the CB2 head.
"Time is running short," he said.
Correction, 11:10 a.m.: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that an FCRC representative informed the Atlantic Yards Service Cabinet of commissioner Kelly's letter detailing policing recommendations at Barclays Center.