Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge


Officers watch the Brooklyn Bridge twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  It is a major terrorist target, in a city that has probably seen more terrorist attacks than any other city in America.  Recently, two large flags that fly on the top of the bridge were replaced by heavily bleached out American flags.

How can such a carefully guarded bridge, a structure known all over the world, that is a huge building that is critical to the smooth operation of New York City have such a thing happen?  Is is just a prank?  Is is it a warning?  Is it a message?  We don't know, but what we do know is that security made a major blunder that night.

Complacency is a killer of officers.  Watching a boring bridge day in, day out, night after night is dull, tedious project.  It is the type of job that may never result in any terrorist attack being stopped.  It may never be a target.  It might be destroyed along with the officers guarding it who may be powerless to stop it.  Still, it is an important job and one that needs to be taken seriously; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

I didn't know that the Brooklyn bridge is under constant surveillance by Police Officers. Since the bridge is about 20 acres and a Cop could not be expected to watch more than 5 acres properly, that means it takes $1,500,000 a year just in salaries (not counting benefits, etc) for cops to "watch" this bridge. And that is a very conservative estimate of salaries. Seems like those tax dollars could be put to better use.

Mike Creek said...

I think it would be better spend outsourcing the work to private armed guards for a lot less money.