From the Daily News:
The ranks of city Parks Enforcement Patrol officers are so thin that only one officer is available to patrol all Queens parks this summer, union officials charged.
Most of the borough’s PEP officers have been assigned to busy pools and beachfront areas, leaving acres of parks without a security presence, according to Joseph Puleo of DC 37 Local 983, which represents the officers.
The situation has caught the attention of City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who recently fired off a letter to the Parks Department, asking officials to explain the staffing levels.
“We knew it was bad but I don’t think anyone realized it was this bad,” said Vallone (D-Astoria), who heads the Council’s Public Safety Committee.
“There are more rovers on Mars than there are PEP officers in Queens,” he quipped to the Daily News.
Vallone and Puleo said the lack of PEP officers is especially troublesome since the Police Department does not have enough patrol officers to keep an eye on parks.