2005-06-03 / Community

Former Youth Officer Named To 101 Community Affairs

Officer Dennis Lewis poses with his wife, Harriet (a detective in the Emergency Service Unit) and their daughter Nia after he accepted the The Geneieve Messina Memorial Cop Of The Year Award for the 101 Precinct. Officer Dennis Lewis poses with his wife, Harriet (a detective in the Emergency Service Unit) and their daughter Nia after he accepted the The Geneieve Messina Memorial Cop Of The Year Award for the 101 Precinct. By Miriam Rosenberg

Contributing Editor

A familiar face has been named to a new position at the 101Precinct. Officer Dennis Lewis, former youth officer, has been appointed the new community affairs officer at the precinct.

Captain Walter Salowski, the commanding officer at the precinct, made the announcement to the community during the 101 Precinct Community Council meeting this May.

“Dennis has been in the command for a number of years, and he’s well respected by the kids,” Salowski told community leaders. “He does a lot of good work for us and is a [good] addition to the community affairs division.”

Lewis came to the 101 Precinct in January 1993 and was assigned as youth officer in December 2000.

At the recent 101 Medal Day ceremony, Lewis’ accomplishments were on display as he was presented one of the two precinct’s cop of the year awards. Among the successful programs Lewis has helped lead while being youth officer was the Explorer program and Defy (Drug Education for Youth).

The young people in the 101 Explorer program have taken part in many community activities including cleaning graffiti ridden walls in Far Rockaway. DEFY teaches young people about drugs, guns and gang violence.

Lewis is credited with helping 400 youngsters get through the DEFY program, as well as acting as a mentor. He has also helped over 300 young people take part in the Fresh Air Fund (which sends children to camp in the summer). Before presenting the Cop of the Year honor, Lt. Gary Messina talked about how – as youth officer – Lewis has changed many lives in the community.

“Officer Lewis is extremely will known to the youth of the community and their parents,” said Messina. “It will never be known how many crimes he prevented by being a positive role model or how many lives he saved by preventing our youth from turning to a life of crime.”

Lewis is replacing Officer George Torres who has been transferred to community policing at the borough. According to Detective Willie Olmeda of community affairs, Torres will still have a hand in the community affairs unit.

In addition, The Wave has also learned that Lewis will continue working with the explorer program.

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