2016-02-17 / Front Page

Neighborhood Policing


Councilman Paul Vallone joined Deputy Inspector Thomas Conforti at the February 109th Precinct Community Council meeting to announce Neighborhood Policing and an influx of officers to the 109th Precinct. 
Photos Dominick Totino Photography Councilman Paul Vallone joined Deputy Inspector Thomas Conforti at the February 109th Precinct Community Council meeting to announce Neighborhood Policing and an influx of officers to the 109th Precinct. Photos Dominick Totino Photography Councilman Paul Vallone joined Deputy Inspector Thomas Conforti at the February 109th Precinct Community Council meeting to announce major changes and increases to the 109th Precinct. This influx of significant resources will usher in a new program of community policing and allow them to better serve and protect all residents of Northeast Queens. Neighborhood Policing is a program which assigns specific officers exclusively to small neighborhood sectors and allows the NYPD to spend time getting to know the community, its residents and local issues. This program has been already successfully implemented in a few precincts across the city, but is a first for Northeast Queens.

Standing with civic organizations and Community Board 7, the Council member had expressed strong concerns about the long-term lease of the NYPD’s tow pound. After seeing the success of Neighborhood Policing in other precincts, Vallone negotiated with the Administration and One Police Plaza to bring the program to the 109th Precinct. Historically, the 109th has had the burden of serving the largest population of any precinct in the city. Furthermore, as an additional concession, Vallone was able to secure an influx of new officers to the 109th Precinct to allow them to fully implement the community policing program. Beginning in April, the 109th Precinct will have dedicated officers patrolling in every community, forging a bond between the community and the officers that serve and protect them.

“I have always stood with the NYPD and have made public safety a priority. This commitment to public safety has now come to the betterment of the 109th which now has the officers and resources to address every community in our district,” said Vallone. “At long last, with this much-needed increase in officers, we are going to see the return of the beat cop to our neighborhood’s streets.”

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