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Shelter foes raise concerns at 104th

Precinct CO says department will address all necessary future issues

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:40 pm, Thu Dec 5, 2019.

Possibly the worst-kept secret heading into the Nov. 20 meeting of the 104th Precinct Community Council was that residents still have serious concerns about the proposed shelter for homeless men on Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

Maryann Lattanzio, head of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol, cut right to the chase, asking Capt. Victoria Perry, commanding officer of the 104th, if there is any way the precinct could get extra officers to bulk up the patrol strength near the site.

“There are schools near there,” Lattanzio said. We’re worried about the safety of the children.”

Perry said the shelter is part of an ongoing conversation on many fronts.

“We’re getting seven new officers,” Perry said, based on the Police Department’s constant reassessment of precinct needs.

Perry said should the shelter or anything else require more patrol strength, the precinct can always reach out to Assistant Chief Martin Morales, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North. She also said the area’s City Council members will not be shy about pressing for assistance should it be needed.

“I want the children to be safe,” Perry said. “I want the corridors [around the shelter] to be safe. I want the people in the shelter to be safe. I want people to feel they can come and go here safely whenever they want.”

Statistics available on the NYPD’s CompStat web page show that reported major or index crimes are up 9.5 percent in the precinct year to date, with grand larceny and auto theft among the driving factors.

But Perry also said much of the increase is due to crimes of opportunity.

She said the precinct’s numbers would be down approximately 20 percent from present levels if one eliminates unattended property incidents, such as leaving valuables in cars with the doors unlocked; leaving cars to warm up while drivers are inside a building; and women paying lax attention to their handbags while out in public.

The council also presented its Cops of the Month award to Officers Jeffrey Mark and David Hughes for their quick work in collaring a robbery suspect while working an overnight shift.

Perry said the victim reported at about 7 a.m. that he had been out late with acquaintances when people in the group offered him a ride home, during which time he fell asleep.

“He awoke outside the car with people taking his property with a gun held to his head,” Perry said. The men allegedly threatened to shoot him if he resisted or made any noise.

Perry said Mark and Hughes did not have to wait long before spotting a vehicle matching the description of the one they were looking for.

The driver allegedly engaged the officers in a chase.

“This was early in the morning and they were able to stop him without anyone getting hurt.”

Perry said the charges against the suspect include robbery, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

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