NYPD, National Park Service fight over Statue of Liberty security

Statue of Liberty
(Metro Archive Photo.)

The NYPD and the National Park Service got into a bit of a spat last week over a detail in the announcement of the Statue of Liberty’s reopening slated for the Fourth of July.

The National Park Service said that visitors to the monument would not be screened prior before boarding the ferry in Battery Park, but would instead go through security screening at Ellis Island.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne swiftly issued a statement declaring the NYPD’s opposition to the plan.

“The Park Service’s decision…was made against the NYPD’s recommendation and leaves unresolved the vulnerability to attack on ferry passengers en route to both Liberty and Ellis Islands,” Browne said in an email.

The Park Service’s plan reportedly came as a result of a request by the Parks Department to move the screening tent the Park Service set up in Battery Park after 9/11.

A few hours later, however, the Park Service and the NYPD issued a joint statement on their “longstanding conversation about security measures for guests visiting the Statue of Liberty.”

“[We] will continue discussions in coming weeks to devise a security protocol for the safety of passengers before they board ferries at the Battery,” the statement read.

A spokesperson for the NYPD would not say if any specific ideas had been floated as of yet.

 

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