2005-07-01 / Columnists

101 Precinct CO: Crime Down; Beware Of Riptides

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Sgt. James Geissler (right) will be taking over Sgt. John McGrorty’s (left) duties as head of community policing at the precinct when McGrorty is promoted. Sgt. James Geissler (right) will be taking over Sgt. John McGrorty’s (left) duties as head of community policing at the precinct when McGrorty is promoted.

  • Captain Walter Salowski, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct announced recently that crime in the Far Rockaway area is continuing the downward trend that the area has experienced over the last few years. Salowski presented the news at the precinct community council meeting last week.
  • “Crime is down 20 percent for the last reporting period [June 6 to June 12],” said Salowski.

    NYPD Compstat, a computerized system that keeps track of major crimes, which are called “index Crimes” in each precinct, shows overall crime in the precinct is down by almost 20 percent compared with the same reporting period last year.

    Captain Salowski and community board president Gian Jones join former executive officer Woody Selover (middle), who has been reassigned to the Transient and Graffiti Section of the NYPD, after receiving an award of appreciation from the councilCaptain Salowski and community board president Gian Jones join former executive officer Woody Selover (middle), who has been reassigned to the Transient and Graffiti Section of the NYPD, after receiving an award of appreciation from the council The statistics for 2005 to days show that crime in the precinct has been reduced by 6.87 percent.

    Since 2003, overall crime has gone down by more than 19 percent. Robbery and rape are the only two categories in which have been increases this year.

    Captain Michael Barreto receives an award from the council for his dedication to the community while he was stationed at the precinct. With Barretto is Officer Dennis Lewis, Captain Walter Salowski, Gian Jones (president of the council) and Det. Willie Olmeda.Captain Michael Barreto receives an award from the council for his dedication to the community while he was stationed at the precinct. With Barretto is Officer Dennis Lewis, Captain Walter Salowski, Gian Jones (president of the council) and Det. Willie Olmeda. Salowski was confronted by some tough questions about alleged harassment of young blacks by the precinct’s officers at the Ocean Bay houses, a city housing project where there have been a number of shootings in recent months. Salowski told his questioners that he takes the charges seriously and promised a meeting to address the issue.

    Captain Salowki listens as a community members tells him about alleged harassment of young blacks at Ocean Bay.Captain Salowki listens as a community members tells him about alleged harassment of young blacks at Ocean Bay. With the beaches now open, Sergeant John McGrorty (in charge of community policing) advised residents going to the beach to leave things you don’t need at home so that your property doesn’t become “somebody else’s treasure.” In addition, he warned those who swim in Rockaway’s waters to be mindful of the waves and riptides that could turn a day at the beach into a tragedy.

    Several of the precinct’s officers have been promoted or have moved on to new assignments recently, the captain announced.

    Former executive officer Elwood Selover has been assigned to the Transient and Graffiti Section of the NYPD, and Lt. Michael Barreto was promoted to captain.

    Sergeant James Geissler is training to take charge of community policing when McGrorty’s promotion becomes official.

    Finally, the annual National Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday, August 2, will combine with the Rockaway Multicultural Family Festival for one big party. It will begin at 6 p.m. at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17th Street.

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