2017-05-03 / Front Page

Senior Single New Yorker Event At 112th Forest Hills Police Precinct

The 112th Police Precinct in Forest Hills held an event for the group, Senior Single New Yorkers. The 112th Police Precinct in Forest Hills held an event for the group, Senior Single New Yorkers. On Saturday, April 29, a special event was enjoyed at the 112th Police Precinct in Forest Hills for senior single New Yorkers.  Judy Berman, the administrator for the Facebook group, Senior Single New Yorkers reached out to 112th Police Precinct Community Council Detective Enisa (Gigi) Redzematovic, 112th Precinct Community Affairs, and asked if they could have an event for Senior Single New Yorkers.  Detective Gigi invited them to come, and they met on April 29.  It was also the day that the DEA scheduled to collect expired and unused medication bottles.  Some guests brought old medicine and disposed of it in the designated repository to safely dispose of it. 

The guests were greeted by Detective Gigi and were welcomed with fresh bagels and cream cheese, juice and many pamplets to provide them with information on various relevant and critical issues.  For two hours they sat with Detective Gigi as they enjoyed the refreshments and they talked in a relaxed manner on the various topics. 

Detective Gigi provided them with a special, 20-page booklet called “Crime Prevention for  Seniors,” which was recently prepared and will be highly valued for use by seniors and by anyone, for that matter.  The booklet has a contact list of numbers and websites for various problems and is very readable, especially for seniors, with large print and illustrations.  Detective Gigi took the time to review the booklet completely with them page by page, and they talked about specific details on the various subjects.  They covered robberies, mail theft, bank and phone scams. Another issue covered was to ease concerns of undocumented immigrants, so that they would not be too fearful to report a crime or approach the police if they are victims of a crime. This is an issue close to them because of current immigration and sanctuary city issues. 

Berman said, “It also drives home the reason the 112th Community Council and Detective Gigi are so precious to them.  None of them knows when they can become victims of a crime or need help, and it is so vital to feel comfortable with the local police department.  The community council and Detective Gigi are invaluable in the role of liaison between the police and civilians to open up communication, open the door for questions and dialogue. The contact they have and communication they maintain reinforces that they need to trust and respect our police, and that they are there to help.”

Not everyone who came was from Forest Hills, one person was from Kew Gardens and two traveled two hours from Brooklyn to come. 

“Everyone was pleased and impressed and appreciative of the experience and will come back to their locations with a proud and positive experience to share.  They will all spread the word and the information.   The community council will be visiting senior centers with the senior booklets and this is something that will be received with high praise and thanks,” Berman observed, concluding, “There only seven, but they had a great time.  The community council is doing needed work to go out in the community to break down barriers.”

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