113th Precinct’s Commanding Officer Marmara reported the good news that crime is down across all categories. He made this declaration at this month’s community council meeting on Monday, March 18.
Overall crime is down 20% for the year and 30% in the last 28 day versus the same periods a year ago. The 113th precinct has had no murders this year and shootings are down to 5 from 11 last year. Felony assaults are down 12% and grand larcenies are down 32%. What is the reason for the decline?
C.O. Marmara cited several factors that contributed to this good news. The 70 new rookie officers training in the precinct is part of the reduction, an improvement in the economy, nabbing members of a gang associated with several crimes last year and figures from the statistical database, CompStat, that allows the mapping of impact areas that require attention were named as some of the contributing factors.
Commander Marmara continued to promote positive interaction between the police and the community. “Say Good Morning to officers. It breaks the ice,” he said. He also advised residents that it will soon be time to prepare for summer months and loud music.
For women’s history month, there was an enlightening presentation of the timeline of women’s history in the New York Police Department by veteran officer Linda Marmara. The timeline included some interesting NYPD facts like the year that the First African American woman joined the police force, 1919. Ms. Marmara also gave a presentation on emergency preparedness which included having a household emergency plan as well as a communication and transportation plan. Residents were advised to create a household bin and go bags for both home and vehicle filled with important documents and necessities in case of an emergency. She advised residents to be aware of evacuation routes and to always know their surroundings. Ready.gov has detailed information on emergency preparedness.
The monthly meeting also welcomed a group of students from York College’s bachelor of social work (BSW) program that were seeking community support for a graduate level program (MSW) in social work at the college. As the students believe social workers directly benefit the community, they are hoping to get support from the community, in the form of letters and advocacy, to help the college decide to bring an MSW that would be an affordable option the area. The only other schools in the City of New York (CUNY) System which offer an MSW are Lehman and Hunter, in the Bronx and Manhattan respectively. The waiting lists and transportation make these options less than desirable. For more information, residents were urged to contact Maryam Smith.
113th precinct meetings are the third Monday of the month at 7PM in the precinct’s muster room. Residents are advised to bring a neighbor.