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Park Slope, Prospect Heights Precinct Reshuffle Set For Sept. 25

Boundary changes meant to streamline policing at Barclays Center.

It's hard to miss most of the happenings in and around the just opened Barclays Center.

However, at least one change will be much harder for most people to detect.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25 at midnight, Park Slope's 78th Precinct will formally take over policing at the 18,000-seat arena in a rare shift that city officials said was necessary to keep visitors and residents safe.

The new borders puts Park Slope's 78th Precinct in charge of the entire Atlantic Yards development area and also gives it jurisdiction over over the area between Vanderbilt Avenue and Flatbush Avenue, from Hanson Place in Fort Greene, all the way to (and including) Plaza Street East. The 77th Precinct's border will begin with the East side of Vanderbilt Avenue. In Fort Greene, it will also cover the Atlantic Center.

The decision to  and the Clinton Hill-based 88th Precinct, came in the form of a memo written by police commissioner Ray Kelly to the City Council.

Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Brooklyn, said the 78th would be getting more officers to cover the extra territory in the form of new recruits—not by the reassignment of officers currently stationed in the 88th or 77th precinct.

James called the move a win for residents of the blocks surrounding Barclays, particularly those living in Prospect Heights, which has seen a rash of violent attacks this summer.

"I think we're going to get more attention now, because relative to Park Slope, Prospect Heights has more incidents of crime," she said.

For those confused by all of this shifting of (mostly) invisible police boundaries—don't worry.

As is the case for incidents reported throughout the city, residents will be able to file crime reports at the precinct that is most convenient for them.

However, investigations in most cases will be led by the precinct in which the crime is alleged to have taken place.

Amy Sara Clark contributed reporting.

Paraderest September 24, 2012 at 01:17 PM
The cops have not been told anything official yet, just alot of "supposed to happen"s.

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