100 Precinct Community Council Returns From Summer Break
The 100 Precinct Community Council returned to its regular meetings this past Wednesday after a twomonth summer recess. The meetings occur on every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 333 Beach 90 Street at 7:30 p.m. They give the community a chance to address any questions, comments or criticisms, to the 100 Precinct's Commanding Officer, Tom Barrett. In addition to the captain's monthly address, the council awards an officer for exemplary police work in the previous month. Several awards were handed out at the meeting this week, including Cop of the Month for July and August, as well as the 100 Precinct Cop of the Year award. The cops of the month for July and August, Police Officer Beercot Dudley and Police Officer Jessica Alvarado, were awarded for their work on August 2 when they responded to a house party on Beach 65 Street around 2 a.m. The cops observed 40 to 50 people in the street throwing bottles and beginning to fight one another. The officers then saw a group of men jump into a van and flee the scene of the party. The two officers pursued them for several blocks into the back of Carlton Manor on Beach 72 Street, where they apprehended the men without incident, finding a .32-caliber handgun hidden inside the car. The arrestees were known gangs member from the Far Rockaway area. The 100 Precinct Community Council also awarded their Cop of the Year award to Police Officer Bryan Pierre, who has been assigned to the 100 Precinct since September 2006. In the past year Pierre has led the precinct in arrests with 48. Fourteen of the arrests were felonies and six arrests involved handguns. It is also Captain Barrett's one year anniversary in the 100 Precinct. He reported on Wednesday that the station has received 20 additional officers in July and as a result, has seen a noticeable drop in crime since he received the boost in manpower at the precinct. Barrett says that since July 21, crime within the precinct is down 20 percent from the previous year, which he credits to the additional officers. According to Barrett, the precinct's overall crime rate for the year, however, is still 12.7 percent higher than last year. He is confident, though, that crime will continue to drop in the months ahead due to the increase in cops assigned to the precinct. In addition to the monthly meetings, the 100 Precinct Community Council will be hosting their yearly fundraiser next month. The 17th annual Ocktoberfest Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, October 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.