2010-10-01 / Community

101 Precinct Begins New Afterschool Safety Plan

By Miriam Rosenberg

The 101 Precinct has instituted a new plan to safeguard the area’s young people when they are dismissed from school, the precinct’s commander recently said. Working from the initial program that he put together when he first arrived in May, Captain Michael Lipetri told community members at last month’s 101 Precinct Community Council meeting that this year’s plan is “a pretty intense school plan.”

For the new school year, Lipetri built on the ideas put in place at the end of the previous academic year when officers were assigned to corners where the majority of schoolchildren gathered after school. “I don’t call them safe corridors, I call them safe corners,” said Lipetri, last month. “What we have done is we have identified 10 corners where schoolchildren congregate after school. That’s from us talking to assistant principals [and] principals. That’s from us talking to school safety and obviously a lot of experience from my officers since they have been here.” Using Beach 25 Street and Rockaway Freeway as an example, the captain said, “We know that’s a large hangout when Far Rock High School gets out. Every day between certain hours there’s going to be a sergeant and a police officer on that corner. Every day. And there’s 10 posts that are going to be covered every single day.” He added, “It worked real well at the end of last year, now it’s more intense. We did have that shooting in the summer where the child was shot coming out of summer school at PS 43, so I wanted to make sure that we send the right message. And the message is going to be sent. It’s going to be sent that children are going to be allowed to walk home safely and, hopefully, be free of crime.”

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