2002-04-06 / Letters

Violent Crime Down

Violent Crime Down

The 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway commanded by Captain Kenneth Lindahl has been the focus of concerted law enforcement efforts by police and prosecutors for almost a decade because of a continuing threat posed by drug-based violence.

Violence is public enemy number one for school children. That is the reason why in 1993 we formed a community partnership and took decisive action to safeguard youth. We set up the STAR Track program –- Straight Talk About Risks – and became partners with educators and parents in a campaign to reduce violence brought about by drugs and guns. We also set up other programs such as Say No to drugs and guns. We also set up other programs such as Say No to Violence Week, Interagency Planning Council and Safety Corridors.

These crime prevention programs are intended to help drive down the rate of crime and build up hope, confidence and the quality of life. We focus our efforts on a cluster of eight Far Rockaway schools – Public Schools 43, 104, 106, 197, and 215; Middle Schools 53 and 198 and Far Rockaway High School.

STAR Track sends Assistant District Attorneys into schools to teach children about the risks of drugs and guns; Safety Corridors establish special routes for children to and from local schools patrolled by police officers of the 101st Precinct and Interagency Planning Council, a group of school and law enforcement officials, parents and community, legislative and business leaders, identify problems facing local schools and facilitate joint problem solving.

Additionally, gun and gang-related violence gets immediate special attention from Assistant District Attorney George Ferrugia of our Anti-Bias/Youth Gang Bureau who serves as our liaison to the precinct and responds to all reported shooting incidents in the 101st.

The rate of index crimes – homicide, rape, robbery, felony assault and burglary – is used as one of the key indicators of public safety. I am pleased to report that the level of each of these violent crimes in the 101st Precinct has plunged just as it has in Queens County’s other 15 police precincts.

As a result of these combined efforts, violent crime in the 101st Precinct in 2001 decreased by 22 percent from the previous year. In 2001 there were reports of 6 homicides, 17 rapes, 247 robberies, 300 felony assaults, and 214 burglaries, as compared with in 2000 reports of 9 homicides, 37 rapes, 336 robberies, 317 felony assaults and 292 burglaries.

We are determined to keep the pressure on with vigorous enforcement to protect the lawful from the lawless, to send dangerous and violent criminals to prison and to improve the quality of life in all our neighborhoods.

When the crime level decreases, public confidence grows.

I will continue to work with Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, the 101st Precinct command led by Captain Lindahl and the Precinct Council and the law abiding residents of Far Rockaway to ensure that the progress in the fight for public safety continues.

Yours sincerely,

RICHARD A. BROWN

District Attorney

Queens County


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