2004-07-30 / Community

Festivities Bring Community Together Against Crime

By Shelly Banjo

Closing down Beach 116 Street and O’Donohue Park on Tuesday night, Aug. 3 is just one step on the road to closing off crime in Far Rockaway.

For over a decade, Far Rockaway has joined over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide to participate in the National Night Out Against Crime.

“The precincts joins forces with community based organizations, elected officials, and religious and educational institutions to take a stand against crime and celebrate our partnership and successes in working,” said 101 Precinct Detective William Olmeda who is coordinating the event for his precinct.

The National Association of Town Watch (NATW), a nonprofit, crime prevention organization, sponsors this national event. NATW expects over 34 million people to participate in efforts to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate local support in anticrime efforts, strengthen police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back.

Far Rockaway’s local sponsors include the 100 Precinct Community Council, 101 Precinct Community Council, Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, Mi Mundo Restaurant along with various community donations.

“By working together, the police and the community can unite to improve the quality of life and bring crime down,” Olmeda said.

Far Rockaway residents are invited to O’Donohue Park for barbecuing, live music and networking with community members and to Beach 116 Street for DJ John’s music, games, rides and the only fireworks in all participating, New York communities.

Both precincts are hosting booths and exhibits on a variety of subjects such as safety and crime prevention, youth outreach programs, children’s fingerprinting, victims of domestic violence and city programs and services.

“We want this night and the activities to show the community the police is here to assist them and not as an adversary,” said Jate Doremus, president of 100 Precinct Community Council. “It’s a night to make people aware and involved – we call it our going away party for crime.”

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