Bayswater Residents Push For Community Watch Patrol
After years of what has been called police neglect in the Bayswater area, last week residents got together with elected officials and representatives from the 101 Precinct to discuss the need for creating a community watch patrol.
Elkanah Adelman called the meeting, which took place on October 26 at the Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, to create a patrol that would mirror the diversity of the area.
“We have a major need for a community based patrol,” said Adelman.
He added, “[We could be] extra eyes and ears on our streets.
We could keep logs that would make their way once a month to [Captain Michael] Lipetri’s desk.”
Adelman said the goal is to have the patrol in operation by February 2011. Shifts, he said, would be set up during training.
The long-term goal is to have four marked cars and patrol the entire 101 Precinct.
Lipetri, who attended the meeting with community affairs officer Maurice Roper, talked about the difficulties creating such a patrol and why a block watch was preferable.
“Everyone needs a background check [using] various data bases … you could start a block watch tomorrow,” said Lipetri.
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer offered to help by finding funding for vehicles and gas, even as some residents offered to use their own cars and pay for their own gas.
She also said she was in the process, along with Assemblywoman Michele Titus, of meeting with Lipetri to discuss installing cameras in some areas.
Adelman added that the request to start up a patrol is no reflection on the commander of the precinct.
Bayswater had a highly successful community patrol for many years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but membership petered out and it disbanded.
Though Adelman visited eight churches and five synagogues to get the word out about the meeting, the lateness of the hour – 9:20 p.m. – contributed to the turnout of approximately one-third of the hoped for number of attendees, which was 300.