After a plan to move security screening for the Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island once Liberty Island reopens this summer was met with criticism by the New York City Police Department, the National Park Service has vowed to work with the NYPD to provide safety and security to people who visit the Statue of Liberty.
The two organizations made the vow in a joint statement released late Friday night.
"The National Park Service and the New York City Police Department, which have been engaged in a longstanding conversation about security measures for guests visiting the Statue of Liberty, will continue discussions in coming weeks to devise a security protocol for the safety of passengers before they board ferries at the Battery," the statement reads. "We share a mutual interest in protecting both the monument and the visitors."
Earlier Friday, the National Park Service announced a plan for visitors to be screened at Ellis Island before they traveled to Liberty Island.
NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne criticized that plan in a statement.
"The Park Service's decision to reopen the Statue of Liberty without screening in Manhattan was made against the NYPD's recommendation and leaves unresolved the vulnerability to attack on ferry passengers en route to both Liberty and Ellis Islands," Browne's statement read.
Screening for Liberty Island visitors has previously ben done at Battery Park.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Liberty Island will reopen on July 4 for the first time since being closed down due to Hurricane Sandy.