Public Safety | Downtown Alliance

Public Safety

Our Public Safety office provides an impactful and positive improvement to the safety and quality of life in Lower Manhattan through a variety of programs.  

"Red Coats"

Our 60 public safety officers patrol the streets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that Lower Manhattan continues to be a safe and welcoming place. Known commonly as the "red coats", they are the ambassadors for the neighborhood and are constantly on alert to help deter crime and assist our community.

Coordination With The NYPD

Sharing an office with the NYPD Downtown Center, the Downtown Alliance's Public Safety office works closely with the 1st Precinct. Our public safety staff are trained by the NYPD Counter-Terrorism Bureau, and assist the local precinct in dealing with thefts and the prevention of other crimes.

Quality of Life

Our public safety officers are uniquely equipped to address quality of life issues. From monitoring street vendors and ticket sellers, to reporting illegal parking and/or idling by tour buses, to ensuring that our street furniture is kept in good condition, their regular surveys help keep the district in good order.

Social Services

Since 2009, the Alliance has partnered with Trinity Church and the Bowery Residents Committee to provide homeless outreach services to supplement work of the City’s Department of Homeless Services. With services including stabilization beds, public and private shelters, drop-in centers, and hospital care, the program has generated positive results with hundreds of individuals placed into homes.

Assisting Community Members

Senior Shuttle
Since 1995, our twice per week shuttle service picks up seniors in Battery Park City and Southbridge Towers and brings them to the Fairway grocery store. The shuttle serves 500 senior riders per year.

School Dismissal Monitoring
Members of our Public Safety’s Conditions team patrol the neighborhood on bicycle and monitor local school dismissals to ensure the safety of the students after classes end.

Emergency Response

During times of emergency, our Public Safety office will deploy any available resources and manpower to provide assistance. The office also coordinates closely with a variety of City agencies, whether it be the NYPD, the Department of Transportation, or the Office of Emergency Management, to leverage each others' resources to provide the most effective response.


Contact Us

Alliance for Downtown New York
120 Broadway, Suite 3340
New York, NY 10271
Tel: (212) 566-6700   Fax: (212) 566-6707
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