City should address security at Ft. Totten
Jul 29, 2015 | 11280 views | 0 0 comments | 246 246 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group of politicians stood at the entrance to Fort Totten, home to a city park and Army Reserve base, surrounded by water on three sides and asked the federal government for more protection. While they await the slow cogs of the federal government to turn, the city needs to step in the interim to make sure our men and women of service are safe.

It only takes two similar incidents to make a patten. Fort Hood, the Washington Navy Yard and recently five killed in Chattanooga. That's three similar attacks on American soil on United States armed services bases.

At Fort Totten, there's one way in and one way out: a front gate, manned by an unarmed member of the New York City Fire Department. Firefighters are some of the bravest in the country, but anyone without arms is likely not going to stand in the way of a gunman.

The city needs to move immediate funds to hire a security contractor that would place, around the clock, two-armed security guards at the front gate and another on patrol. That way, the response, anywhere on the base would be quick and the water-bound sides of Fort Totten would get a little added security.

Fort Totten is unique in the sense that in addition to the Army base, it's also a public recreation field. Visitors still need to go through the front gate to get access to the swimming pool or athletic field, but it makes the area even more populated and easier for someone who wants to do harm to gain access.

It's not just the safety of the members of the armed service that's at stake, but the safety of the children and families that use those fields.

An increase in security is something that needs to be addressed and funded throughout the country at all military bases, but with the pace that government moves, especially on a federal level, we cannot wait for another tragedy. The city needs to step in and protect residents immediately by funding security upgrades in the interim.

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