2012-05-04 / Community

Turner Applauds Blockwatchers

Congressman Bob Turner applauded a group of Rockaway residents for coming together to help the NYPD keep their neighborhood streets safe.

“I applaud all the block watcher participants for stepping up and working with the NYPD to find safe and effective ways to reduce crime in their neighborhoods. This is yet another great example of New Yorkers coming together to support and protect one another. I look forward to seeing the great results this program will produce in the community.”

More than 30 local residents will be a part of the pilot program that will provide training for the volunteers to become block watchers in the 100th Precinct.

“The NYPD Blockwatcher program for the confines of the 100th Precinct is a great tool. There is nothing better than the residents of their community coming together, using their eyes and ears, to report crime. This is really what you call community and police working together,” 100th Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo said.

The Blockwatchers Program trains community residents on the skills needed to be the “eyes and ears” of the Police Department. Civilian volunteers are given training in observation and then assigned a confidential Blockwatchers number which they use to report crime and dangerous conditions in their neighborhood. Many members of this vital crime prevention program are elderly or disabled and make their observations without venturing far from their homes.

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