In the wake of a shooting in Owl’s Head Park and a series of robberies committed by teens in Leif Ericson Park near 67th Street, the 68th Precinct says it’s stepping up patrols at both, according to Courier-Life.
“We look for groups of kids who may be wearing gang colors, and we break them up and investigate,” said Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, the commanding officer of the precinct.
The cops who patrol the parks also watch for graffiti (which Rodriguez said may contain gang insignias), alcohol use and marijuana use, as well as keep an eye open for the occasional dispute between groups playing a pick-up ball game on a field and the organizations that actually have the permit for the field.
But those crimes aren’t the only problem in the parks. Lesser offenses include illegal barbecuing.