Bayswater Block Watch Formed
Following a meeting on October 26 that called for creating a community watch patrol in Bayswater, it was recently announced that a new Bayswater Neighborhood Block Watch Association has been formed.
According to a November 18 letter to community members from Elka-nah Adelman, who is spearheading the action, the BNBWA will be structured along many of the lines advocated by the 101 Precinct’s commanding officer, Captain Michael Liperti, during that October meeting at the Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater.
“The Bayswater Neighborhood Block Watch Association is an independently run and operated organization that will work under the um-brella of the Bayswater Civic Association,” said Adelman, who is the acting president of BNBWA. “It will work side by side with the police in improving neighborhood safety.”
Procedures of the 11-point plan drawn up by Adelman for the organization include the following: BNBWA will educate residents on every block about the program, assigning one or two block captains, chosen to reflect the diversity on the block, as liaisons between their blocks and the BNBWA; all block captains will receive formal training from the precinct’s community affairs officers; and residents will be taught what to do in case an incident that compromises public safety occurs.
The original plans for a neighborhood security patrol, which Adelman first advocated at the meeting, changed after most of the volunteers who signed up in October were unwilling to “follow the procedures [by the police department] that need to be followed before going on patrol,” Adelman said in his letter.
For a neighborhood communitybased security patrol like the one originally proposed, the NYPD would have to conduct background checks on those taking part in the patrol. In contrast, however, a block watch is organized by residents. Adelman has created the plans, policies and procedures that are “along the captain’s line of thinking while simultaneously addressing the needs of the residents that spoke up that night.”
The BNBWA was formed after “meetings, a brainstorming session, phone calls and much planning,” ex-plained Adelman. “With that, the plan shifted from creating an independently managed, ethnically diverse, community organized patrol to forming a neighborhood block watch that arms itself with the tools of prudence, education, accountability [and] accurate record keeping,” wrote Adelman.
Elkanah Adelman can be reached at 917-584-3544.