2011-10-07 / Top Stories

101 Pct. Continues Safe Corridors After-School Plan

By Miriam Rosenberg


Students leaving Brian Piccolo Middle School IS 53, via Scott A. Gadell Place and Mott Avenue, are redirected out of the business district by officers of the 101 Precinct after school on Monday. Students leaving Brian Piccolo Middle School IS 53, via Scott A. Gadell Place and Mott Avenue, are redirected out of the business district by officers of the 101 Precinct after school on Monday. When Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri took the reins of the 101 Precinct as its commanding officer, he expanded on a plan originally begun 25 years ago by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

The initiative, called ‘Safe Corridors,’ is a safety plan that addresses the Far Rockaway business district and other areas where young people congregate or travel through after school each day.

There have traditionally been problems with students disrupting shoppers and harassing business owners during the afternoon dismissal period each school year.

As the 2011-2012 school year begins, Lipetri told The Wave, the precinct will continue its safe corridors or, as he likes to call it, ‘safe corners’ initiative, for the new academic year.

Lipetri’s plan is built on the ideas first put in place when he took command of the precinct in May 2010 and the subsequent plan that covered the 2010- 2011 academic year. This school year, “All [police] posts from last year will be covered and there will be an additional one,” said Lipetri.

Three of the 10 posts will be in the downtown business district in Far Rockaway. Seven others will be outside that area.

The idea for the initiative is to allow students to get home safely and avoid any trouble that might occur.

Students will be redirected out of the Central Avenue business district where possible and will be monitored closely while within the district.

The deputy inspector explained that, in May 2010, the safe corners areas in his plan were identified by talking to people involved with the problem, including principals, assistant principals, school safety officers and police officers of the precinct.

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