2017-12-06 / Features

The 114th Pct. Honors Fellow Officers As 2017 Comes To A Close

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO


Captain Osvaldo Nunez, Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct, presented Cop-of-the- Month honors to Police Officers Brian Fraught and Joseph Basirico at the November 28 meeting of the Precinct Community Council held at Riccardo’s by the Bridge. Also pictured are Terry Kissapis representing Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, United Community Civic Association (UCCA) President Rose Marie Poveromo, Ed Babor representing Congress Member Carolyn Maloney and 114th Pct. Council President Ann Bruno. Captain Osvaldo Nunez, Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct, presented Cop-of-the- Month honors to Police Officers Brian Fraught and Joseph Basirico at the November 28 meeting of the Precinct Community Council held at Riccardo’s by the Bridge. Also pictured are Terry Kissapis representing Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, United Community Civic Association (UCCA) President Rose Marie Poveromo, Ed Babor representing Congress Member Carolyn Maloney and 114th Pct. Council President Ann Bruno. Captain Osvaldo Nunez, Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct, presented Copof the-Month honors to Police Officers Brian Fraught and Joseph Basirico at the November 28 meeting of the 114th Precinct Community Council held at Riccardo’s by the Bridge.

Officers Fraught and Basirico were assigned to the midnight shift when they responded to a burglary call at 7 a.m. on October 16 at 32-77 46th St. After doing a perimeter check of the property, the two officers entered the three-story building and conducted a room-by-room search, finding a suspect hiding in a third-floor bathroom.

The suspect was arrested and charged, having a record of previous burglary arrests. Capt. Nunez said this arrest put an end to a citywide pattern of burglaries.

Basirico thanked Nunez, Council President Ann Bruno and “all the cops who helped us (with the arrest). Fraught also thanked his wife and family, and wished everyone happy holidays.

Burglaries are down 18.7 percent (187 this year vs. 230 last year according to NYPD statistics) through November 26, but Capt. Nunez reported a spike in robberies. Although the number of robberies are flat in the 114th year to date through November 26, 6 were recorded for the week and 17 for the 28-day period ending November 26.

There were 238 fewer crimes recorded in the 114th (1,421 vs. 1,659) through November 26, a decline of 14.35 percent from 2016.

“Crime is down across the board,” acknowledged Capt. Nunez. With the holiday season upon us he warned shoppers, “Keep an eye on your property.”

Regarding complaints about e-bikes (electric bicycles) Nunez said specific locations are needed. “Tell me where you see recklessness,” he said, promising to step up enforcement on e-bikes.

On October 19, Mayor de Blasio and NYPD announced heightened enforcement action would be taken against electric bicycles, specifically the hazardous operation of e-bikes and businesses that use them or permit employees to ride them.

Capt. Nunez also responded to the November 27 signing of legislation by Mayor de Blasio to repeal the 91-year-old cabaret law except for two safety requirements. Establishments must continue to install and maintain security cameras and employ licensed security guards.

Citing the NYPD MARCH (Multi- Agency Response to Community Hotspots) initiative, Nunez said he was “not too worried” about the repeal because actions can still be taken if a location becomes a problem spot.

The annual Christmas Party for deserving children ages 10 and under was held on Saturday, December 2 at the Astoria Manor and President Bruno said the free event, featuring food, entertainment and gifts, was, as always, supported by community donations.

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