There are approximately 3,000 traffic enforcements agents and officers in the New York City. They are first responders to building collapses and other emergencies like Hurricane Sandy, they retrieve stolen cars, respond to auto accidents, enforce block the box regulations, and direct traffic. They are often used as force multipliers at major events like parades and protests, and work around the clock in all kinds of weather.
Traffic enforcement agents and officers have been attacked, but do not have the same protection that police officers have, and very little recourse to hold individuals who assault them accountable.
By establishing “peace officer” status of traffic enforcement agents and officers, this bill will set minimum felony charges of 3.5 years for individuals charged for assaulting an agent or officer.