The free ParentPatrol app — launched this week by state Assemblyman Ron Kim — gives parents and caregivers a quick way to report drunks, drug users and unsavory adults hanging around parks and playgrounds to the city Police Department, Parks Department and local elected officials.
Users can take videos or send a message to report potentially dangerous conditions in the city’s busy green spaces.
Kim (D-Queens), a father of two young girls, said he worked with a software developer to create the app after two frightening incidents took place at Bowne Playground in July. A 12-year-old girl was sexually abused and robbed at the Flushing park in the early morning. In an unrelated case at the same spot, a man went up to an 8-year-old boy, picked him up and squeezed his chest.
He emphasized that people should still call 911 in an emergency and that the app helps track quality-of-life problems.
As of Wednesday afternoon, almost 400 people had signed up for the app and reported more than 70 incidents ranging from drunken behavior to drug use.
Good idea Mr Kim.
Great because with all these non working homeless they are placing in our neighborhoods we can finally get them out of the park. Lying around drunk,high or sleeping is not an atmosphere for young children to be around. Mentally ill or sex offenders loitering around too.
With the hotels throwing them out at a certain time the DHS should have programs for them to go to not just sleep in the park or find them some sort of housing where they are not pushed out into the community.
Try getting the Parks patrol out of their trucks or at least wake them up from their naps. That could help make parks safer.
Hopefully they actually answer these complaints within a reasonable time frame. The city of ny is highly irresponsible when it comes to any kind of complaints. LOOK at that boy who died of child abuse even though child protective services were suppose to be keeping an eye out on them and then they ended up killing their son. NYC should be ashamed of itself for the slow response time. If you can't keep up with the demand then either hire more people or start deporting like we should be to ease the huge population growth.
Great !! Now I can complain on how shitty Flushing Meadows Corona Park is and how the city needs to fix it.
Can you report the theft of parkland for private development?
Lovely, that's exactly what this city needs, more snitches and concerned moms reporting every other adult to the police for enjoying the public parks their taxes pay for.
Remember, "shady adults" according to these people are everyone who doesn't have a child. Pedopanic, coming to your neighborhood!
311 app already does this. Why do we need another app to do the same thing?
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