The 113th Precinct in Jamaica was the only command in Queens honored last week at the annual NYPD award ceremony held in Manhattan.
The precinct, commanded by Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara, was awarded a Unit Citation for crime reduction.
“Last year we had the second largest decrease in crime in the entire city,” Marmara said Monday night, speaking at a meeting of the monthly meeting of the 103rd Precinct Community Council.
Major crimes in the 113th fell 14 percent, with murders plunging from 16 down to 7, and the number of gunshot victims dropped 40 percent. Rape (-37 percent) and auto theft (-40) also saw significant declines. Shootings this year are up, as they are throughout the city.
“But if you look at them [in the 113th] compared to two years ago, they are still down 30 percent,” Marmara said.
A pair of shootings last week particularly had residents on edge.
Timothy Tripp, 35, of Jamaica, was shot and killed at a bar on Merrick Boulevard. He was unconscious when police arrived at 2:38 a.m. on June 14, with gunshot wounds to his head and torso. EMS personnel pronounced him dead at the scene. The case remains under investigation.
Later that night, just after 11 p.m., plainclothes officers saw a group of men engaged in a verbal dispute near the intersection of Merrick Boulevard and 119th Avenue.
As officers drove by, they allegedly saw one of the men take a gun from his waistband and fire two shots at the group. A sergeant and three officers then got out of their car and gave chase as the man fled. He allegedly threw down the gun near Victoria Road before being caught and arrested.
Michael Jones, 19, of Farmers Boulevard, was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.