2008-02-06 / Features

New 114th Precinct CO Sees Only Solutions

BY LINDA J. WILSON

"I'm going to make this the best precinct in the city," the 18-year veteran declared. "It won't be hard- I have a lot of good work to build on." "I'm going to make this the best precinct in the city," the 18-year veteran declared. "It won't be hard- I have a lot of good work to build on." "There are no problems here- only solutions," Deputy Inspector Paul Vorbeck said of his new command, the 114th Police Precinct in Astoria. Vorbeck came to the 114th Precinct after some three years and three months at the 94th Precinct in the Williamsburg-Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, where he was executive officer for a year and commanding officer for the remaining two years and thee months.

Vorbeck intends to continue pursuing those solutions as commanding officer of the 114th Precinct. "I'm going to make this the best precinct in the city," the 18- year veteran declared. "It won't be hard- I have a lot of good work to build on." He had high praise for his predecessor, the 114th Precinct's previous commanding officer, Inspector Brian McCarthy. "I want to continue the crime reduction that's taking place in this precinct," he said.

He also intends to respond immediately and forcefully to quality of life complaints, of which noise seems to head the list. "Noise complaints make up most of the calls to '311' (the city information hotline)," he said. "We'll issue a summons for a noise complaint. That means [the perpetrator] will have to answer it [in court] on Queens Boulevard in person- they can't just mail in the fine. If you want to listen to music, fine, just do it at home or in your car with the windows up. No one should have to listen to someone else's music if they don't want to."

Most major crimes appear on the decline in the 114th, a situation Vorbeck intends to encourage. He noted the "wonderful community relations" in the 94th Precinct as a major factor in the drop in crimes and feels confident that he can continue to effect a similar drop in crime in the 114th. "Of course, we can't do it without the cooperation of the local leaders and elected officials," he said. "But I'm sure we'll have that cooperation and support. I feel it coming from the community very much."

Vorbeck was put in charge of the 114th Precinct and promoted to deputy inspector from captain at about the time of the 114th Precinct Community Council January meeting. His move came as the 114th Precinct's previous commanding officer, Inspector Brian McCarthy, was given command of the Brooklyn South Narcotics Division after an investigation by the Police Department Internal Affairs unit revealed that several undercover officers at Brooklyn South Narcotics were engaging in illicit activities while on duty. A "born New Yorker", he left the federal Secret Service to return to his home town and joined the Police Department. "This was where I belonged," he said.

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