2006-06-09 / Community

Smith Talks To PC About Staff Allocations

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith has announced that he has recently received a response from the Police Commissioner of New York City, Raymond Kelly, regarding his inquiry into staffing allocations of precincts in Southeast Queens with a focus on the Rockaways.

"I was pleased to receive a detailed letter from the Commissioner in response to my initial correspondence. I am well aware of the concerns of my constituents regarding the proportion of officers being stationed in the Queens area. I want to assure the entire community that I am looking into the matter and I am confident that the Police Commissioner is doing everything he can to ensure the safety of City residents," said Senator Smith.

The Senator noted that the Commissioner went into detail explaining the reason for police assignments within individual communities. According to the Commissioner, Police personnel are assigned to precincts based on several factors that include level of crime, precinct population, and the number of calls for police service in the area.

"It is clear from the Commissioner's letter that there are several key factors determining how and where Police officers are assigned throughout the City. I believe that every effort is being taken to ensure that Queens residents are safe and secure and are protected by trained and dedicated officers. I will continue to have a dialog with the Commissioner regarding this situation and will update the community throughout the year," concluded Senator Smith.

The Senator said that he was provided with a breakdown of the assignments made to precincts in Southeast Queens after the recent Police Academy class graduation. The 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park received ten additional officers, while the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway was allocated 21 additional officers.

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