is Public Safety?
uniformed members of the Public Safety
Department (PSD) are special patrolmen and women
designated by the Police Commissioner of the
City of New York, and authorized by Section 2.20
of the Criminal Procedure Law to act as peace
officers. The PSD is a division of the
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC),
the State public benefit agency that runs
certain services for the Island and plans for
its future development.
Safety officers are the front-line problem
solvers for the Roosevelt Island community.
Working closely with the City Police
Department’s 114th Precinct, with the Fire
Department and their Medical Services (EMS) --
all based in Queens -- the Public Safety
Department provides a 24-hour-a-day,
seven-day-a-week presence on the Island.
Department assists in enforcing all State and
City laws, including traffic regulations and
those sections of the Penal Law, Criminal
Procedure Law, and Vehicle and Traffic Laws as
they pertain to Roosevelt Island. Officers
are trained to know these laws and regulations,
the laws of arrest and the Constitutional rights
of the individual. Public Safety Officers have
undergone extensive training for sensitivity to
bias crimes and crimes involving sexual assault
addition to protecting individuals on Roosevelt
Island, the Public Safety Department is charged
with protecting the Island’s property, including
all public facilities, storefronts and certain
contracted residential buildings. The
Department works to maintain the quality of life
on Roosevelt Island by enforcing Island rules
and regulations, and by working closely with
community groups committed to seeing that the
island remains safe and pleasant for all.
do we do?
the Public Safety Department’s scope of work is
defined by laws that govern communities
throughout the City and State, our services to
Roosevelt Island residents often go beyond the
activities of a typical Police Officer. The
department’s philosophy resembles that of the
old-fashioned cop on a beat. While upholding
the law, each officer is encouraged to
understand and appreciate the Roosevelt Island
community and its individual residents.
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