2012-03-30 / Community

Sign Up For The Neighborhood Watch

By Nicholas Briano


Police Officer Dion Harris of the NYPD Special Projects Unit talks to the meeting’s crowd. Police Officer Dion Harris of the NYPD Special Projects Unit talks to the meeting’s crowd. Police Officer Dion Harris of the NYPD Special Projects Unit was at this week’s 100 Precinct Community Council meeting to formally introduce the Neighborhood Watch Program to the area.

As part of the program people can sign up to become a block watcher or a member of the NYPD citizen observation patrol unit.

As a block watcher you are responsible to report any quality of life issues that should arise in your neighborhood. A formal training presentation will be organized locally that should take about an hour before you are a member of the Neighborhood Watch program.

The Civilian Observation Patrol however, is a deeper commitment that requires a NYPD background check and fingerprinting. This involves patrolling your neighborhood and reporting suspicious activity and potential crimes directly to the precinct as they occur, among other responsibilities.

Members must be of good character and over the age of 18 in order to become a member of the force.

To date, the 100 Precinct has 19 volunteers but are seeking as many as they can get on board. Those interested can contact the 100 Precinct Community Affairs bureau at 718- 318-4233 or attend the next 100 Precinct Community Council meeting on April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rockaway Beach. Blood Drive

The NYPD will host a blood drive on Tuesday, April 3, from 12:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in front of the Transit 23 headquarters at the Beach 116 Street train station. Donors can park for free inside the municipal lot next door. Anyone with questions should contact P.O. Borgi at 718-474-6554.

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