2002-04-27 / Letters

More Cops For Everybody

More Cops For Everybody

Dear Editor;

When I read the Wave article last week that I argued for fewer cops, I thought it was a belated April Fool's Day joke. On Wednesday evening I was at the 106th Precinct Council in Ozone Park. The precinct covers Howard Beach and Ozone Park. The captain reported that 11 new cops were appointed to the precinct. I questioned the captain on how many of these officers were sent to the summer detail in the Rockaways. During past years, he said four officers and one sergeant.

Betty Braton, president of the Precinct Council said I should use my influence to tell the captains not to take the summer officers. I found it ironic that she made it seem that I had the power to override the Police Commissioner's decision.

Since 1977 I have been involved with the 100 Precinct Community Council and was elected 1st vice president in the 1980s. In the late 1970s, I coordinated youth activities including trips to Rye Playland and other locations with their coordinator Grace Costello.

The late, great Frank Spolin, president of the council had donated bumper stickers saying we supported the 100 Precinct. I single handedly sold stickers and the money was used to buy bulletproof vests.

I always argued for additional police and fair and equitable wages for them. I have always spoken out for additional police officers for all three precincts in my district, the 100, the 102 and the 106.

Good journalism should include comments from the subject of the article. It is quite obvious that this unsigned article is an attempt to attack my support of the precincts in my home area.

LEW M. SIMON


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