New CO Of 101Precinct Sets His Goals
By Miriam Rosenberg
Describing himself as a hands-on person with experience in the Rockaways, the new commanding officer of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, Captain Brian McMahon, talked with The Wave about some of his objectives for his time in Rockaway.
McMahon, who became the commanding officer on May 15, took the reigns after Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski was transferred to the NYPD's Applicant Investigation Division. According to NYPD CompStat figures, while overall crime in the 101 Precinct is down since this time last year - murder is up from two at this time last year to four this year, rapes are up from 12 at this time last year to 14 this year and felonious assaults have increased from 76 at this time last year to 86 this year. Like his predecessor, McMahon is concerned with getting guns and reducing violence on the streets of Far Rockaway.
"We have the gun stopper program," McMahon told The Wave. "If a person knows anyone with firearms [they should contact us]."
"They mostly work narcotic sets - where drugs are sold," McMahon explained. "The focus is always on housing developments due to past history - drug arrests and violence."
Domestic violence is down almost 30 percent this year in the 101 and a representative of Safe Horizon, which works with victims of domestic violence, works in the precinct.
While McMahon said that Salowski didn't inform him of the private fax number that the former commander of the precinct had for community members to anonymously inform him of criminal activity in the area, McMahon did say the number was still active and can still be used.
He also wants to increase the visibility of the members of the 101's community policing unit.
"I want [them] to reintroduce themselves and attend more meetings," he said.
Rockaway is not new to McMahon who grew up in Woodside and went to McClancy High School in East Elmhurst.
"I used to take the bus - the Q16 to Rockaway," he added
During his six years as a captain in the NYPD he served in three different precincts. In addition to having been assigned to the 113 and the 103 Precincts (both in Jamaica) while holding the rank of captain, McMahon also is a veteran of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach.
"I was here when [Flight 587] crashed," he said. "I know the area. Hopefully it will benefit me."
As someone who has come to the Rockaways since he was young, he sees the improvements in area.
"Rockaway is going through changes," he said. "It is getting better."
Since taking over at the 101 Precinct, McMahon has met with many of the local civic associations such as the Deerfield Civic Association and various other members of the community. McMahon said those members of the community he has met has been receptive of him as the new head of the 101 Precinct.
"They appreciate what we can do," he continued. "I love working down here."
He concluded by advising community members with questions to "contact our community affairs officers - [Officer] George Torres or [Detective] Willie Olmeda [at 718 868-3441]. If they're not around, they can talk to me."