“There’s Nowhere Else to Park,” Responds NYPD Chief Maddrey to Questioning About Illegal Police Parking
By Yehudit Garmaise
When NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey was asked, “Why do police officers park their cars on the sidewalks outside precincts?” the top cop simply responded that police couldn’t find anywhere else to park.
While all driving New Yorkers can understand the frustration of coming to work and finding a shortage of parking spots, Upper West Side City Council Member Gail Brewer told Maddrey that seeing police officers’ personal and squad cars parked haphazardly around precincts gives residents a negative feeling about the NYPD, amny.com reported.
“If you want to look at the way the police are reviewed and seen, to have those kinds of cars all over the place and the barricades, it’s a challenge,” said Brewer. “We would love to see less parking of police and private cars, and I won’t even get into placards.”
On Twitter, many New Yorkers wondered why cops feel that can break the law by parking illegally if they cannot find open spaces.
Transit advocates pointed out that police officers could just take the subway or bus along with most New Yorkers, who don’t want to drive around looking for parking once they get to work.