New 101 Commander Talks Prevention
Six weeks into his tenure as the new commander of the 101st Precinct, Deputy Inspector William Wynne spoke with members of the Rockaway community at a meeting at the Bayswater Jewish Center this week.
The meeting hosted by Councilman Donovan Richards, gave Wynne another opportunity to introduce himself to the community. Joining Wynne was Crime Prevention Officer Matt Beigay and Community Affairs Officer Maurice Roper to discuss how not to become a victim of crime.
During a briefing on his 20-year background with the NYPD, Wynne said that before coming to Rockaway he was assigned to Transit District 12 in the Bronx and before that Transit District 11. As a Captain he spent four years at the Queens Detective Bureau, and was an Executive Officer at the 108th and 115th Precincts.
“My whole career has been between Queens and the Bronx,” said Wynne on December 9th.
What he expects of his officers can be summed up in two words – honoring expectations.
“I know that as a commanding officer I have expectations [for myself] and I am going to work hard to honor them,” said Wynne. “The police officers that work for me, they have expectations. You have expectations, too, and we need to hear from you. We’ve got to be proactive. I always said in Transit, if you see anything say something.”
Wynne encouraged residents to contact the precinct – by calling him, community affairs or Beigay if something seems out of place.
He also wants to hear about any experience the public has with his officers. “We have different levels of experience here and I need those teachable moments – both good and bad,” Wynne said.
His officers, he said, should respond to calls with “respect and professionalism.”
With that, he related a story about one of his first roll calls as an officer 20 years ago. “An old-time captain said, ‘If you treat the person you’re dealing with as you would a family member, you can’t go wrong’.”
Wynne and Beigay also talked about how residents can keep from being victims of crime. Overall crime is down in the 101st Precinct, but one area that is up is Grand Larceny Auto (GLA). Many crimes are crimes of opportunity. GLA is one of them.
An unlocked car door, for no matter how long the driver is away from the car, invites a criminal to break in to steal the contents or possibly the vehicle.
“Somebody is checking all the cars on a block,” said Wynne. “He doesn’t want to break a window because somebody hears. If he finds the one that’s open, then that’s the one he breaks into. It’s simple stuff like that.”
Other suggestions that will reduce crimes include not leaving valuables on a car seat. Drivers should park in well-lit areas. And always be aware of your surroundings.
“It’s during the holiday season that we’re so immersed in things…some of the basic stuff that you do to protect yourself you just forget,” said Beigay.
For more information on crime prevention programs Beigay can be reached at 718-868-3438.