For its final meeting before the summer break, the 103rd Precinct Community Council devoted most of its June 11 agenda to a report from Inspector Charles McEvoy on crime statistics in the neighborhood.
And the news was overwhelmingly favorable.
“We are doing very well,” McEvoy began. “No crimes are really problematic this year.”
He indicated that assaults are down for the year and burglaries were doing well in the past month.
“We’re making a lot of headway,” he said.
There was what he called a slight spike in grand larceny last month.
He said there had been eight shooting incidents for the year, compared to 21 for the same time period in 2012. McEvoy attributed the drop in part to the confiscation of illegal guns, which he said continue to come in.
Regarding street level narcotics, he said, “We’re hitting all the problem areas.”
During the follow-up question-and-answer session with members of the audience, McEvoy added that the overall reduction in crime is due in large part to the NYPD’s gun buyback program as well as the arrests of individuals and groups responsible for multiple shootings.
Under the city’s Gun Stop program, a $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of anyone who possesses an illegal handgun.
Anyone who knows someone who is carrying, selling or using handguns illegally is asked to call 1 (866) GUN-STOP (586-7867) and may do so anonymously.
McEvoy also said that with the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations on the minds of many, the precinct’s policy on fireworks is zero tolerance.
Posters proclaiming that fireworks are illegal were distributed as a public safety message. A reward of up to $1,000 will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons possessing or distributing fireworks.
Police are urging concerned citizens to report the delivery, sale or storage of fireworks, and again may do so anonymously.
Another resident raised the issue of motorcyclists disturbing the peace in the area. The inspector acknowledged that it is a concern.
“We have some enforcement, but it’s tough,” he said. “We’re trying.” He said policy is not to chase them for fear of injuring innocent parties.
The precinct’s crime prevention bureau, which has been encouraging people to register their cell phones with a number that can make it easier to recover if lost or stolen, is inviting residents to make an appointment to do so by calling (718) 657-8195.
The Community Affairs Office’s youth services section was promoting several programs aimed at reducing violence, preventing drug use and promoting child safety.
Law Enforcement Explorers is a program designed to educate young men and women, ages 14-21, about law enforcement. Explorers learn police procedure and tactics and perform community service.
The Youth Police Academy is a summer program for city youth between the ages of 10 and 16. It runs five days a week for six weeks during the summer. Participants are taught classes similar to the recruits in the police academy and participate in field trips and drill competitions.
The Police Athletic League provides communities with recreational and educational activities for young people.
Those interested in further information on youth programs may visit nyc.gov/nypd and click on the Community Affairs link.
This year’s National Night Out will be held on Aug. 6. It will include the presentation of the Police Officer Charles A. Davis Award, which can go to a police officer, elected official or civilian.
The precinct is asking for recommendations. Criteria include a recipient who lives, works or attends school in the 103rd Precinct and is at least 18 years old.
They must have a long-standing dedication to community and youths; be professional in demeanor and work to bridge the gap between the police and community. Submissions of nominees must be in writing and indicate what the individual has done to deserve the award. Entries should be sent to the 103 Precinct Community Council at 168-02 Edward Byrne Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432 and must be received by July 25.