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Parkchester Department of Public Safety

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Parkchester Department of Public Safety
Common nameParkchester DPS
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionParkchester, Bronx, New York, USA
Map of New York Highlighting New York City.svg
Map of Parkchester Department of Public Safety's jurisdiction.
Legal jurisdictionNew York State
General nature
  • Civilian police

Special Patrolmens65+
Clerical Staff


Agency executive
  • Charles Ortiz, Chief

The Parkchester Department of Public Safety (PDPS) is a law enforcement agency in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, whose duties are to protect the property and citizens of Parkchester, Bronx, and to enforce New York State and New York City Laws on Parkchester Housing Condominiums property and surrounding areas, which are 171 residential buildings, and approx 30-40 commercial buildings. Parkchester DPS patrol the area but the New York City Police Department 43rd Precinct are responsible for the day to day Policing. The Parkchester Department of Public Safety currently employs more than 65 New York City Special Patrolmen and also has civilian employees.


Parkchester North & South Condominiums Board Members initially created two Public Safety Departments in 1972 but when Retired New York City Police Department 43rd Precinct Commanding Officer Charles Ortiz was hired the two departments merged creating Parkchester Department of Public Safety. Parkchester DPS protect the property, citizens, residents, and visitors of Parkchester Condominiums and surrounding areas. Parkchester Housing Condominiums is one of the largest housing development in the City of New York, with approximately 60,000 residents, 171 buildings ranging from 7-12 floors, 30-40 commercial stores including Macy's and Marshalls, and 7 school complexes

Rank structure[edit]

There are five supervisory titles in the Parkchester Department of Public Safety two of which are uniformed positions. The highest rank being Chief Of Department.

Title Insignia Uniform Shirt Color Badge Design
Chief of Department
4 Gold Stars.svg
Suits Gold Medallion with eagle and stars
Deputy Chief
1 Gold Star.svg
Suits Gold Medallion with eagle and star
Captain insignia gold.svg
Suits Laurels and crown
US-O1 insignia.svg
White Gold Medallion
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg
Blue Gold shield with eagle and badge number
Special Patrolmen
Blue Silver shield with badge number


Parkchester Department of Public Safety has the following units:

  • Patrol Unit - Patrol on foot and in patrol cars
  • Bicycle Unit - Patrol on bicycles.
  • Community Affairs - Works close with the community, and try to keep a good rapport between the community and the department
  • Special Operations - Investigate crimes, apprehend criminals, and work with other agencies
  • Training Unit - Responsible for all training given to all employees
  • Internal Affairs - investigations allegations involving personnel of the Department
  • Viper Unit - Monitoring Cameras and recording criminal activity
  • Anti-Crime Unit - Patrolling in plain clothes


Parkchester Officers are required to pass the New York State Peace Officer Training Course which is required by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). This entails New York State Penal Law & Criminal Procedure Law, Defensive Tactics, Pepper Spray, Physical Training, Arrest Techniques and Process, Report Writing & Accusatory Instruments Training, Active Shooting Training, Interviewing and Interrogating, Drug Recognition, Patrol Tactics, Critical Incident Management (ICS & NIMS), American Red Cross Professional Rescuers CPR / AED Training, Standard First Aid, Blood–Borne Pathogens Training and Other Light Medical Training.


Supervisors are equipped with a firearm after receiving a handgun permit by the New York City Police Department, Patrol Officers are equipped with a can of pepper spray, baton, handcuffs, flashlight, a portable two way radio connected to Parkchester DPS Dispatcher and also wear Body worn video camera

Power and authority[edit]

Parkchester Officers are New York State Peace Officers because they are appointed as New York City Special Patrolmen. They get their limited Power and Authority from the New York State Criminal Procedure Law, Chapter §2.10 Sub 27 and N.Y. ADC. LAW § 14-106: NY Code Section 14-106 by Chapter 13 of Title 38 of the Rules of the City of New York. Parkchester Officers are authorized to Enforce New York State Penal Laws, NYC Administrative Codes, Enforce NYC OATH Violations, NYC Parking Violations, Make Warrantless Arrests, Enforce Parkchester Housing Condominiums Rules and Regulations, and Use Physical or Deadly Physical Force if necessary.


Parkchester DPS Dodge Durango Patrol Car
  • Ford Police Interceptor Sedan (Sixth Generation)
  • Ford Police Interceptor Utility
  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford Fusion

Fallen officers[edit]

Security guard Albert Acosta was killed while on duty in February 2001.[1] He is the only member of the department to be killed in the line of duty since its establishment.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic New York : IndraStra Global, Simcha Eichenstein, Pavle Stanimirovic, John "Johnny" Washbrook

Other articles of the topic Law enforcement/Law enforcement topics : Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
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  • New York City Police Department


  1. Kappstatter, Bob; Martinez, Jose (February 14, 2001). "Eye Co-worker in Guard Killing". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

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