"In the four years since Deputy Inspector Salowski has been here, the crime reduction rate in the Rockaways has been drastic, and the things that he has done for the community has been dramatic," said Scott Klein of the Far Rockaway post office. "Today we decided to turn the 101 Precinct into a 'Stop The Family Violence' post office with a special dedication and cancellation in honor of Deputy Inspector Salowski."
Rockaway postmaster George Buonocore told Salowski "I personally want to thank you for everything you have done for the community and the post office." Buonocore said the cache would be on sale at all Rockaway post offices during the month of May. He also expects stamp collectors worldwide to send in for caches to add to their collections. "Stop the violence. You know that's our business," said Salowski in thanking the post office for the honor. "Everyone is giving me alcolades, but I would be nothing without everyone in this room - every cop and every citizen in this precinct."
Salowski has been the commanding officer at the precinct since October 2003 after being the executive officer since 2002. According to NYPD Compstat crime figures, since this time last year, crime in the 101 Precinct has gone down almost 3 percent. Over the last five years it has gone down almost 54 percent.
Klein said the 'Stop The Violence' stamp is one of three current semipostal stamps, which carry no denomination. Their amount is the current postage plus added funds for a special event. The others are for breast cancer and 9/11. In what may be a twist of fate for the community, it was learned earlier this week that Salowski was transferred out of the 101 Precinct.