2002-04-13 / Community

Simon Argues For Fewer Rockaway Cops

Simon Argues For Fewer Rockaway Cops

Democratic District Leader Lew Simon has argued at a mainland meeting that Rockaway should not receive its traditional summer increase in the number of police officers to patrol the peninsula’s beaches.

At a 106 Precinct Community Council meeting held Wednesday evening in Howard Beach, Simon took the floor and asked the precinct commanding officer, "how come every summer season the 106 Precinct has to give some of its officers to Rockaway’s summer detail. Can’t you do something to stop that?"

Traditionally, Rockaway’s police presence is beefed up during the summer months because of the increased number of visitors to its beaches. This "Summer Detail," is made up of volunteers from a number of nearby precincts. Many in Rockaway consider the detail an integral component of the summer season.

"Without the extra police on the street, I think that we would have a real problem with crime and drinking during the summer," a local merchant says. "It is certainly something that we can’t do without."

According to officials of the 106 Precinct, that precinct traditionally loses one sergeant and four officers to the summer detail each year.

The 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach is the major recipient of the increased manning by the police department.


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