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NYPD Joins Host of City Officials to Discuss Uptown Park Safety on Tuesday

 Reps from the Parks Department, Manhattan DA and FDNY plan to attend the meeting.
Reps from the Parks Department, Manhattan DA and FDNY plan to attend the meeting.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Residents' concerns with law enforcement and safety in neighborhood parks and playgrounds will be discussed Tuesday by a host of city officials, including the heads of two NYPD precincts and Parks Department authorities. 

The meeting, organized by Community Board 12, will include 33rd Precinct Deputy Inspector Wilson Aramboles, 34th Precinct Deputy Inspector Reymundo Mundo, Parks Department Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro, Urban Park Service Assistant Commissioner Michael Dockett, Manhattan District Attorney Community Affairs rep Jennifer Araujo, Uptown Councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and Mark Levine, and a representative from the FDNY.

“We are trying to bring various committees together for common issues,” CB12 chairman Shah Ally said of the meeting. “It makes sense. Collaboration at the board level.”

A spokeswoman for the Parks Department said public meetings like these, "discussing preparations by NYPD and Parks for the summer season, have been a staple form of communication between the community and Parks for years."

Safety in the parks has been a big issue for residents in recent months, after a string of robberies in Fort Tryon Park late last year that led to five arrests.

A woman was also assaulted and raped inside Highbridge Park in December, while another fell to her death inside the park last Tuesday.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Board 12's offices, 530 W. 166th St., on the sixth floor.