2017-04-05 / Features

Gun Crime Down, Officers Honored At 114th Precinct

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO

Gun violence has been limited to a single shooting incident and a single shooting victim in the 114th Precinct through the first quarter of the year, according to NYPD statistics. And keeping guns off the streets is the key.

“Tonight, we recognize PO’s (Police Officers) Choudhury and Kinigson for their gun arrests. The arrests resulted in two guns taken off our streets on the same night,” said Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct, via Twitter, affirming the importance of gun arrests as Mohammad Choudhury and Joshua Kinigson were each honored as Cop-of-the-Month at the March 28th meeting of the 114th Precinct Community Council.

“Atta Boy,” Inspector Fortune tweeted, posting a picture of the handgun and declaring it had been “removed off the streets of Astoria” on February 12th after Officer Kinigson made his arrest.

“Great work keeping Astoria safe,” the Inspector tweeted as well again on February 12th after Officer Choudhury’s arrest, also posting a picture of the recovered gun.

On March 8th, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the arrests of 24 individuals, including 22 residents of Virginia, on weapons charges and conspiracy to traffic guns to New York City from Virginia. “The illegal firearms (217 firearms, including 41 assault weapons) sold during this investigation amount to a sizable arsenal,” said Commissioner O’Neill in a March 8th NYPD News report.

On March 22nd, Commissioner O’Neill and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced the indictment of 6 men for trafficking 105 guns from South Carolina to New York City.

“Over and over again, New York City finds itself the final destination for illegal firearms (and) too often our citizens become victims of the associated gun violence,” said O’Neill in the March 8th NYPD News report. About 40% of homicides recorded this year involve a gun and citywide, homicides are down 15% through March 26th (57 in 2017 and 67 in 2016).

Six new police officers, among 640 officers graduating on March 30th, are joining the 114th next month. The new officers were assigned to the 114th as PPO’s (Probationary Police Officers) and attended the February 28th meeting of the 114th Precinct Community Council, where Precinct Council President Ann Bruno asked them, “What made you want to be a cop?”

One said it was his time spent as a volunteer at the 9/11 Memorial. Another said his uncle, an FDNY firefighter who perished on September 11th, 2001, inspired him. A third was influenced by her father’s military background. Two more said family members who are NYPD were their source of encouragement; and an interest in criminal justice spurred another to join NYPD.

Crime is down in the 114th by 16% year-to-date, down 39% for the 28-day period, and down 52% for the week (March 13th-19th).

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