2018-08-15 / Front Page

National Night Out Against Crime At Astoria Park

BY JASON D. ANTOS


Police officers from the 114th Precinct played board games with local children at the NYPD’s Night Out Against Crime held in Astoria Park. The annual event was well attended by the community. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Police officers from the 114th Precinct played board games with local children at the NYPD’s Night Out Against Crime held in Astoria Park. The annual event was well attended by the community. Photo Jason D. Antos The annual National Night Out Against Crime was held at Astoria Park on August 7 and was well attended despite threatening weather.

Sponsored by the 114th Precinct, the 35th annual Night Out was a free event for the community featuring free food, pony rides, karate demonstrations, face painting, a clown and numerous booths providing information on public services offered by Mount Sinai Queens and the Queens Library, as well as public utilities and job application opportunities for the city Department of Corrections, FDNY and the NYPD Auxiliary Police.

“We are very grateful to our 114th Precinct and to our officers who keep us safe everyday,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides.


114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nuñez welcomed the community and thanked them for coming out to show their support during Night Out Against Crime. Joe DiPietro president of the Federation of Italian-American Organizations and Ann Bruno, president of the 114th Pct. Community Council watches on with pride. 
Photos Jason D. Antos 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nuñez welcomed the community and thanked them for coming out to show their support during Night Out Against Crime. Joe DiPietro president of the Federation of Italian-American Organizations and Ann Bruno, president of the 114th Pct. Community Council watches on with pride. Photos Jason D. Antos Joe DiPietro, president of the Federation of Italian-American Organizations Queens (FIAO) and Ann Bruno, president of the 114th Precinct Community Council co-hosted the event.

Astoria has seen a decrease in crime since the introduction of the neighborhood policing program known as Neighborhood Coordination Officers or NCOs.

The NCO program which began in 2015 divides police precincts into several sectors and is staffed by officers who devote their time to engaging with residents in their sectors in order to identify potential local problems, serving as liaisons between the police and the community while solving crime. The NYPD intends to have NCOs at every precinct by the end of 2018. The NYPD believes that residents’ familiarity with the NCO officers has resulted in more people coming forward with issues in their area.


Ed Babor representing Congress Member Carolyn Maloney and Council Member Costa Constantinides. Ed Babor representing Congress Member Carolyn Maloney and Council Member Costa Constantinides. “Our NCO program has been a resounding success,” said 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nuñez. “We thank everyone here for their support and cooperation with the police.”

The 114th Precinct is divided into four sectors (A, B, C and D) and has two NCOs assigned to each sector.



Kids enjoyed very artistic face painting. Kids enjoyed very artistic face painting.

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