101 Precinct CO: Crime Down; Beware Of Riptides
By Miriam Rosenberg
“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.
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.
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.
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.