“Our public safety officers are the most recognizable faces of the Downtown Alliance,” said Downtown Alliance President Elizabeth H. Berger. “These men and women in red improve the experience of Lower Manhattan’s millions of workers, residents and visitors every day and I thank them for their hard work and dedication.”
The 57 public safety officers, known for their bright red uniforms, work hand in hand with the New York City Police Department’s First Precinct, which has a substation in the Downtown Alliance’s Public Safety Office. Criminal activity in Lower Manhattan has dropped considerably since the Downtown Alliance and NYPD began working together 13 years ago. The public safety team is also trained to provide Lower Manhattan’s 11.5 million annual tourists with directions, district maps, and recommendations on local attractions.
Public Safety Officers received recognition from the Downtown Alliance for the following:
June 1, 2012 – Security Officer Edwin Velez reported a fire on the 17th floor of 116 John Street. Velez and Supervisor Shawn Soto assisted the police department in securing the area and safely evacuating residents.
July 17, 2012 – Security Officer Giovanni Lombardo notified the police department after several skateboarders refused to stop skating on property at 17 Battery Place during the early morning. The skateboarders, one of whom provided police officers with false identification, were arrested for destruction of property and identity theft.
August 23, 2012– Supervisor German Rosario and Security Officer Jonathan Molina reported and altercation between two food cart vendors on Fulton and Church Streets. After the NYPD and EMS were notified and the vendors’ injuries were treated, both men were arrested for assault.
October 16, 2012 – Security Officer Luis Soto reported a man who was suspiciously recording Lower Manhattan landmarks. The NYPD Intelligence Division opened a case and Security Officer Soto’s photographs of this suspicious person are being used as evidence in the active case.
Hurricane Sandy: October 29-31, 2012 – The following public safety members are recognized for their outstanding, around-the-clock performance during Hurricane Sandy:
- Supervisor Rosa Ellis
- Supervisor German Rosario
- Supervisor Jason Rivera
- Supervisor David Weeks
- Security Officer Jaquan Brown
- Security Officer Joseph Cuadrado
- Security Officer Giovanni Lombardo
- Security Officer Steven Maldonado
Putting family obligations on hold, these eight safety officers remained on duty for the duration of the storm. They provided instrumental minute-to-minute, on-the-ground updates on the weather conditions, street closures, and flood impacts in Lower Manhattan.
Visit the Downtown Alliance’s Flickr page to view photos from the event held at the Ketch on Pearl Street.