Parks Enforcement Officers Demand Guns In Wake Of Stabbing Rampage

by CBS New York  |  published on October 7, 2013

NEW YORK — Following a violent stabbing rampage last week that injured five people – including a toddler – in Riverside Park South last week, Parks Enforcement Patrol officers are pushing the city to give them guns.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported Sunday night, parks officers have most of the tools of the trade, but Parks Enforcement Union Local 983 vice president Joe Puleo said they are at a disadvantage without guns.

“They’re able to make arrests, carry batons, they carry handcuffs, they carry vests,” Puleo said.

Now, the union is pushing the city Parks and Recreation Department to sign off on arming the nearly 170 officers, saying many times, they are the first on the scene of violent incidents.

“If you’re not armed, you’re unable and ill-equipped to handle crime,” Puleo said.

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