Salowski Addresses Kids, Drugs and Guns
By Miriam Rosenberg
Salowski said the four shootings within the previous two weeks were significant “considering we only had 26 for the whole year (last year).”
While arrests have been made in two of the four incidents, one of the things that greatly concerns him is that one of the shootings involved 14 and 15 year-old children.
Salowski believes the way to do that is by reaching out to a target group of “leaders of the kids who are marginal, who are on that line and bring them in and show them that there is a community that cares and is supportive.”
The NYPD’s Explorers, the DA’s DEFY and Weed and Seed’s online tutoring services are programs that are available to young people in the area.
Salowski also addressed The Wave’s question on what he attributed so many firearms to.
“I often think about how many people do have guns,” Salowski said as he began to answer the question.
“I don’t know how many folks have guns here, but a lot of the guns could come from out of state. We know that there’s a big out of state connection with narcotics and the movement of firearms. It’s common knowledge.”
The Constitution gives us the right to bear arms yet, as Salowski explained, local laws work to restrict that right.
“It goes well beyond local policing,” continued Salowski.
The 101 Precinct, with its gang and narcotics divisions, will be working with the ATF (the federal gun enforcement arm of the United States), the federal Drug Enforcement Task Force and the DA’s office.
“We’re all going to sit down and try to get on the same page,” Salowski told community leaders. “Maybe we’ll be able to develop information – information that most folks know – common knowledge out on the street. We could bring it to a round table and discuss it and come up with solutions, or at least plans to attack the problem.”
Salowski also addressed the concern bought up by several residents of Redfern Houses about young people smoking marijuana on the premises of their buildings.
He advised residents to call 911 if they see anyone “activity engaged in criminal activity. If they’re smoking weed, that’s criminal activity.”
As with any criminal action, Salowki asked for the community’s help.
“We have limited resources,” he said. “We need to know when and where.”
In addition to 911, which Salowski studies daily in order to adjust his deployments, there are other ways to call in information. Far Rockaway citizens can send anonymous faxes to the precinct on anything from drug sales to noisy teenagers. The fax number is 718 868-3448.
Calling 311 is another way of relaying information to the NYPD.