‘Extra eyes on the streets’ NYC neighborhood hires security company

A business improvement district that sits just outside John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City recently initiated a security detail to patrol its businesses and residential properties. Anecdotally, it appears more neighborhoods nationwide are taking similar action. As we know, security officers are often first on the scene in many incidents -- but they have to mandated to be there first. 

From GatewayJFK.org:

On Monday October 5th 2020, GatewayJFK launched a new security patrol to help keep our neighborhood safe and vibrant. The goal of the patrol is to provide extra eyes on the streets to prevent burglaries, illegal dumping, and graffiti.

The unarmed security officers are responsible for patrolling the 215 acre area that makes up the GatewayJFK Business Improvement District. The patrol will act as a deterrent to crime, provide information and assistance to stakeholders, and address quality of life issues throughout the district. Security officers have been trained on the best ways to work with the New York City Police Department and will work cooperatively with the other security forces and building management professionals in the area to deal with thefts and the prevention of other crimes.

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As part of the patrol, the security team has been supplied with a new SUV that has been equipped with lights and branded with the GatewayJFK logo. The officers are trained and supervised by Sammed Security Inc. a local MWBE firm that has over 100 licensed security personnel on staff and has been located on Rockaway Blvd. since 1999. Sammed won a competitive process that started with a request for proposals in July of 2020.

“We were very happy to find a company that had an understanding of the unique needs and nuances of our neighborhood, and also experience in providing security for over 20 years.” Said Scott Grimm-Lyon, Executive Director of GatewayJFK.

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