North Hempstead security officers will soon be working in the Parks and Recreation Department instead of with the rest of the Public Safety Department, officials said.
The town board voted 7-0 recently on a resolution in favor of the move, but the change won’t take effect until next year. The town’s tentative 2017 budget proposes about $878,000 for the Security Division.
Town security officers patrol and protect all town facilities, encompassing parks, buildings, highway yards and parking lots. For the past six years, Security has been folded into the Public Safety Department, which also includes Harbor Patrol and Emergency Management Services.
Town spokeswoman Carole Trottere said the transfer will not change Security’s responsibilities or coverage within the town, nor will it increase park security presence.
This isn’t the first time that Security has been within the purview of Parks and Recreation, Trottere said, adding that it was last part of the department in 2011. The change boosts the Parks and Recreation budget from $15.8 million the previous year to $16.6 million proposed for 2017.
“The work they do primarily involves park safety,” Trottere said. “It will be simpler to have the parks commissioner [Jill Weber] in charge of their assignments since she has her pulse on Parks needs.”
There are 19 employees in the Security Division, and $688,137 has been budgeted in 2017 for full-time employee payroll, which marks about a 3 percent rise from this year.