Queens Police Mobilization Drill Deemed Success
Police at precincts throughout Queens last week were tested through an NYPD mobilization exercise deployed from a Temporary Headquarters Vehicle (THV) in the 114th Precinct.
As part of a “Level 5” mobilization, police at Queens’ 15 precincts were instructed to leave regular patrol duties and head to the THV at Northern Boulevard and 36th Street in Long Island City where police officials rated their response time and reviewed police interaction, police officials said.
Cops swarmed the Northern Boulevard location on several mornings last week, responding to a CRV Surge called by officials.
Once at the location, the cops were assigned to patrol duties in the 114th Precinct area as part of an Operation Impact detail designed to flood the command with cops as a deterrent to crime.
Police officials said they chose the 114th because of a recent spike in burglaries in the command area.
“Overall crime is down in the 114th,” officials said. “But an increase in burglaries put the precinct on a front burner for increased police presence.”
The mobilizations and CRV Surge are part of the NYPD’s ongoing Counter Terrorism program designed to bring immediate police response to a designated location in case of an act of terrorism, officials said.
“We passed with flying colors,” officials declared. “There were a few glitches but nothing that can’t be addressed and quickly resolved. All in all, the detail went well and our police officers responded quickly and were prepared for any emergency situation.”
Police officials and local politicians applauded officers assigned to patrol 30th Avenue in Astoria as part of the Operation Impact detail after the cops nabbed a serial bank robber responsible for at least four holdups in the area.