2004-08-04 / Features

Night Out Hails Police-Civilian Cooperation

BY LINDA J. WILSON
Night Out Hails Police-Civilian Cooperation BY LINDA J. WILSON


Joining in celebrating several years of steadily decreasing numbers of crimes in the 114th Precinct at the precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime festivities  in Astoria Park last night were (l. to r.)¬†Assemblymember Michael Gianaris, 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector David Barrere and Patrol Borough Queens North Commanding Officer Assistant Chief James Tuller. Photo Rose AlbergoJoining in celebrating several years of steadily decreasing numbers of crimes in the 114th Precinct at the precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime festivities in Astoria Park last night were (l. to r.)¬†Assemblymember Michael Gianaris, 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector David Barrere and Patrol Borough Queens North Commanding Officer Assistant Chief James Tuller. Photo Rose Albergo

Police precincts throughout Queens celebrated the 21st National Night Out Against Crime yesterday, starting at 5 p.m. The anti-crime event is observed across Queens County and features a full schedule of events that range from crime prevention lectures to youth activities. National Night Out is held each year to rally Americans in the fight against crime, teach them about crime prevention techniques and also demonstrate support for police and other law enforcement agencies.

The114th Precinct’s version of National Night Out included visits from Assemblymember Michael Gianaris and Assistant Chief James Tuller, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North. The 114th Police Precinct Community Council and the 114th Civilian Observation Patrol (Civ-OP) and a sizeable number of organizations, including the Queens Borough Public Library, and Phoenix House substance abuse counselors, provided informative materials for visitors to the event in Astoria Park. Refreshments, also donated, included hot dogs and bottled water.The Law Enforcement Explorer Unit., comprised of youngsters of both sexes between the ages of 14 and 20 who assist police in several community service programs, get lessons in law enforcement and see what is entailed in joining the New York City Police Department with their supervising officer, 114th Precinct Youth Officer Michael Costello, assisted in cooking and serving. Clarice Joynes, executive director and military liaison of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs read a proclamation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailing the decrease in crime rates celebrated by National Night Out Against Crime. Dancers from the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens performed several routines.

All organizations provided literature describing their programs and services. A table held information on benefits for older New Yorkers in both English and Spanish. Crime prevention information was provided and a number of community service organizations offered information on their activities and aims. Representatives of Jamaica Hospital were on hand to offer free health screenings and information.

The 108th Precinct in Long Island City, Captain Matthew Whelan, commanding officer, was slated to serve as host precinct of Patrol Borough Queens North. A full program of activities was to be presented at the Thomas Noonan playground, Greenpoint Avenue and 43rd Street in Woodside, including demonstrations from the Police Department Canine and Mounted Horse Units, crime and domestic violence information, drug awareness, ambulance tours, free healthcare information and a Fire Department fire engine. Police also provided information on drug awareness, domestic violence and crime prevention. Elmhurst Hospital Center was also scheduled to sponsor a health fair for all ages. In addition to health screenings, a Heimlich maneuver demonstration was on tap. Music for the event, which ran from 5 to 9 p.m., was provided by a disk jockey.

Music was also scheduled to be a highlight of activities at the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst, with a disk jockey provided by radio station Power 105. Amusement rides, clowns, face painting, drug and crime prevention programs, highway safety and domestic violence prevention were available for area residents at Hoffman Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Hoffman Drive, Elmhurst. A feature of the evening was to be a softball game played by members of the Police and Fire Departments and personnel from St. John’s Hospital and Queens Center Mall. The festivities were scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

The 107th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Charles Talamo, commanding officer, held its activities at the Electchester Shopping Center parking lot at Parsons Boulevard and Jewel Avenue in Flushing. Festivities started at 7:30 p.m. and included a visit from City Councilmember James Gennaro, exhibits by Police Department Crime Prevention, Emergency Service, Highway and Bicycle units, along with child identification photo and fingerprint program. Live music, a barbecue and face painting will be part of the event as well.


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