School safety cop’s left turn in 78th Precinct territory clearly not okay

Turnoff! Police officer makes illegal turn on Flatbush Avenue

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See the whole irresponsible maneuver go down. Here, the school-safety van’s driver unsafely edges into oncoming traffic, ignoring the sign banning such behavior.
The traffic keeps coming, as it does when there is no turn lane.
An opening presents itself, background, and a woman crosses with the light.
The scofflaw law-enforcement agent passes the point of no return as the light changes.
Move along. Nothing to see here, folks.

This NYPD school safety officer needs to go back to driver’s ed.

The cop behind the wheel of a law-enforcement vehicle van in Prospect Heights blatantly ignored a sign forbidding left turns on Flatbush Avenue and veered across oncoming traffic onto Park Place around 1:30 pm on Thursday.

The van did not have its flashing lights or siren activated, according to our ace photographer, who caught the hair-raising turn on camera.

Drivers who want to turn onto Park Place while heading toward Prospect Park on the busy thoroughfare are supposed to make a right up at Sterling Place, another right at Seventh Avenue, and a third and final right onto Park.

The neighborhood’s police precinct has undertaken a series of high-profile road-safety initiatives this year, including cracking down on unlicensed dollar vans and on drivers double-parking in bike lanes and failing to yield to pedestrians.

The police department did not respond to a request for comment.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Tiger from Force 3 says:
Get it straight. School safety officers are not "cops", as this article claims. They are civilians in uniform.
April 18, 2014, 5:58 am
Donald D. from Anaheim says:
if they quack like a...
April 18, 2014, 9:04 am
frank from furter says:

special police = cop to most people.

just like bikers they need to obey the law` too..or is it ok for all drivers to pick and choose?
April 18, 2014, 9:04 am
ty from pps says:
School safety officers and so-called "traffic enforcement agents" are NYPD. Period. True, they are not police, but they are NYPD. Done.

The NYPD is responsible for setting an example of appropriate behavior, not doing what they please because they can... this kind of crap fills me with a special kind of anger.

I believe it was our new mayor who said, "You shouldn't break the law to enforce the law." This was about stop and frisk, but it applies to EVERYTHING the NYPD does -- cops *and* other staff.
April 18, 2014, 9:43 am
ty from pps says:
(By the way, this behavior is called CORRUPTION if you didn't know.)
April 18, 2014, 9:44 am
judahspechal from bedstuy says:
well said Ty
April 18, 2014, 10:07 am
Tal Barzilai from Peasantville, NY says:
Police are permitted to make illegal turns. That's an employee benefit.

The real problem is scofflaw bicyclists. Drivers are caring, good-natured, unselfish people, and they only honk when it's legally permitted (i.e. in cases of emergency).
April 18, 2014, 10:48 am
Waiting for Tal from Pleasantville, NY says:
I wonder what Tal Barzilai has to say about these NYPD officers "flouting" the law in a motor vehicle.
April 18, 2014, 10:49 am
Waiting for Tal from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm waiting for the real Tal. That was clearly a fake.
April 18, 2014, 10:49 am
Cris from Williamsburg says:
They are not NYPD. PERIOD. and that Safety Agent is an —— for that
April 18, 2014, 12:54 pm
ty from pps says:
How are they not NYPD?! That's what the uniform says, that's what the vehicle says, that's what the building the report to says, that's what their paychecks say, that's what the uniform of their supervisor says, etc. etc. etc.
April 18, 2014, 3:12 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unless there was an actual emergency at that site, they shouldn't have been allowed to make that turn as they are supposed to be remodels for law abiding citizens.
April 18, 2014, 3:30 pm
Jay from NYC says:
This old news saw a cop run a red light this morning in front of my building, they don't enforce the law and they don't follow the law.
April 18, 2014, 8:37 pm
Tiger from Force 3 says:
Look, I got no problem with you dropping a dime on this mope, but they are not cops. They are NYPD, but not cops. They are civilians in uniform, but not cops. Just because you work with the NYPD doesn't mean you're a cop. A civilian accountant at puzzle palace isn't a cop. Nor are school safety or meter maids. Yeah it's hair splitting I know but that's what it is.
April 18, 2014, 10:32 pm
Law & Disorder from Brooklyn says:
Don't Forget Most of them are always on there cell phones While driving.
April 21, 2014, 10:09 am
Realer from Bronx says:
No they are not cops yet they are assigned to precincts,process arrest, break up disputes. Provide safety all without a weapon!. I commend school safety agents... They are close to the community and do there best to uphold the penal law and are still fair. We all know officers do what they want on the road...even killing unarmed civilians. why officers really dislike agents.. They do it without weapons and are trusted by the community.
Oct. 25, 2014, 6:35 pm

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