New ‘Business Liaison Officer’ Patrols Far Rockaway District
A community’s business district is vital to the survival of any community and the Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway has recognized that fact by appointing an officer to patrol the district and to act as a liaison between the police and the business owners.
For the past five months, PO Juan Nunez has been assigned to the “Community Policing Unit”, a unit in which officers are given specific assignments, for four years and has been assigned the position for the past five months.
One of the officer’s first visits was to the offices of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) whose job it is to build business in Rockaway.
“Nunez came by RDRC to introduce himself and requested our assistance in getting the word out about his accountabilities to the businesses in the commercial corridor,” a spokesperson for the agency said.
Officer Nunez has been on the force for five and a half years and finds his assignment to the business district very rewarding.
“ I enjoy the interaction that I get to have with the public as well as the businesses. I assist individuals with a variety of issues from the standpoint of policing concerns to addressing loitering issues. My job is basically to address ‘quality of life issues’
in the neighborhood for merchants as well as residents. “
“The RDRC is very appreciative to the 101st Precinct’s Commanding Officer, Captain Brian McMahon, for assigning an officer to address concerns of the merchants in the community,” the RDRC spokesperson said.
Nunez is assigned to work his tours mostly during business hours and will also attend community and business meetings, a spokesperson for the police department said. “His assignment reflects the importance we give to the business community,” that source said.
“We want that portion of the community to have a good relationship with the precinct.”