The NYPD is preparing to deploy extra cops to Brooklyn to “enforce quality-of-life conditions” during unofficial J’Ouvert and West Indian Day Parade festivities over Labor Day weekend, Chief of Department Rodney Harrison announced Wednesday.
“We do anticipate several non-sanctioned cultural events throughout the weekend,” Harrison said at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press briefing. “We plan on deploying additional police officers and resources.”
The police department is also sending “hundreds of light towers” to increase visibility, as well as additional vehicle and foot patrols in neighborhoods where the jamboree usually takes place — specifically, Marine Park, East Flatbush, Canarsie, Flatbush, Crown Heights and Park Slope.
“Officers will be out there to enforce quality-of-life conditions, [including] underage drinking, excessive noise and hazardous crowd conditions,” said Harrison. “Sidewalk barbecues will not be permitted, due to the fact that, unfortunately, they may result in a large gathering that can result in traffic conditions that could be a problem, which we’ve seen in the past.”