Evergreen Playground, Brooklyn - July 13, 2012. A Parks Department worker washes down the basketball court hours after 24-year-old Kevin Daugherty was shot in the eye while playing ball. On August 3, 2013 - more than a year after being shot - Kevin succumbed to his injuries and died. (Photo: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)
Evergreen Playground, like most playgrounds is less than 1 acre in size. Under the previous crime reporting bill, Mr. Daugherty's death, just like the shooting itself, would not have been a statistic as having occurred in a park.
A decade-old law meant to monitor crime in public parks is finally getting fixed, a law that Mayor Bloomberg quietly vetoed in the waning days of his administration.
Since 2008 the Police were supposed to track crime in all parks one acre or greater but they have not complied. They claimed they didn't have the "resources" and the "necessary technology.”
Unfortunately the bill approved today allows the Police Department to delay beginning tracking crime in parks under one acre including in basketball courts, recreation centers, public pools, and beaches until 2018.
The city has been remarkably slow to implement a GPS system to track crime in parks. GPS mapping which is what is ultimately needed has finally begun in some parks as part of the Citywide Street Centerline (CSCL) database - but this should have been completed many years ago.