With Hell Square Horse Patrol Gone, New NYPD Nightlife Unit Takes Shape

Posted on: October 20th, 2015 at 9:46 am by
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The weekly Hell Square horse patrols are finally winding down after a hefty four-year existence, as we first reported. No equestrian units were spotted last weekend.

In place since 2011, the 7th Precinct initially implemented the measure to crack down on the adverse effects of nightlife proliferation and resultant lawlessness in the area. Official reason given for ending the late-night trots was a so-called lack of manpower. Of course, it didn’t help when Swedish tourist Pernilla Ekberg had half her finger bitten off by a steed (she’s suing, by the way).

So, what next, you ask?

In the coming weeks, a new policing policy will take hold. NYPD Manhattan borough last week established a special task force to handle nightlife in the area. It’s a “light” unit comprised of 1 lieutenant, 2 sergeants, and 16 police officers, and assigned to the whole of Manhattan South jurisdiction, not just the 7th Precinct.

There is no word yet on when the new nightlife task force will begin operations. Until then, a vacuum in Hell Square.

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