The NYPD’s 78th Precinct has been tapped to keep order at the Barclays Center, even though the arena actually falls in the 88th Precinct, reports the New York Post.
Though the arena is technically located within the 88th Precinct’s borders, it is a half-mile away from the precinct’s station house in Clinton Hill, while only a block away from the 78th Precinct’s station house on Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, says the Post.
The decision will mean more cops in the 78th Precinct, and the paper says that it could also create “mega-overtime” for the officers who have to deal with arena traffic, scalpers and unruly sports fans.
So while the choice could be a win for Park Slope residents who will benefit from increased security, the article says that some community leaders in the 88th Precinct aren’t too happy with the NYPD’s decision.
“The 88th Precinct will be affected by the arena just as much as the [78th Precinct]—if not more—so we should be getting the extra cops because crime is already higher here,” an anonymous Fort Greene activist told the Post.