2014-06-06 / Top Stories

Captain Warns: Don’t Speed Here

By Dan Guarino


Cop of the Month Police Officer Shawn Johnston, center, is flanked by his wife, Carissa Johnston and 100th Precinct Commander Captain Craig Adelman. Photo by Dan Guarino Cop of the Month Police Officer Shawn Johnston, center, is flanked by his wife, Carissa Johnston and 100th Precinct Commander Captain Craig Adelman. Photo by Dan Guarino Questions about parking issues, speed stops, safety and quality of life issues were all on the agenda at the 100th Precinct Community Council meeting on Wednesday, May 28, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

About the stops many drivers have encountered in the past week, Precinct Commander Captain Craig Adelman noted that this is a pilot program. But, he noted “It’s only going to be a matter of time before the word gets out that you can’t speed here.”

Regarding a complaint about illegal dollar vans at Beach 108st Street, Adelman noted “We have been on that and have taken some out on violations.”

With the summer beach season coming, it was also announced that additional officers were being assigned to the precinct.

“Right now we have 10 officers patrolling the beach,” he said. “In June we are getting another 15.”

Adelman also advised all that if they noticed a possibly suspicious person, hostile individual or group, or a threatening animal, the best thing to do is call 911.

If you are in doubt, he said, “if something doesn’t look right, feel right, call 911.”

Captain Carlos Fernandez, the newly assigned commander of Transit District 23, introduced himself at the meeting. Fernandez previously served in the Bronx and Manhattan.

He detailed steps that are being taken in coordination with the precinct to make sure the subways from Broad Channel on down are safe. He also announced increased patrols as more and more summer riders come through.

Community Council Vice President Joe Young informed the gathering that food drive donations would be going to the AME Bethel Church food pantry this month.

Diane McEvaddy, Outreach Coordinator for Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica, also made a short presentation about the group’s office on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.

McEvaddy, a Rockaway resident, stated that among their new initiatives, they are focusing on training for 18-24 year olds.

In order to make the most of storm reconstruction and building opportunities, NHSJ will be offering free classes in plumbing, drywall, tiling and more. The same course, given by the same instructor, she said, is being offered at York College for $300.

A high point of the meeting was the presentation of the Cop of the Month Award. Captain Adelman and Vice President Young presented a “Cop of the Month” special plaque to Police Officer Shawn Johnston.

In attendance was Johnston’s wife, Carissa.

Held monthly, both the 100th and 101st Community Precinct Council meetings provide a forum for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents to get updates, raise concerns and ask questions about pressing issues.

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Re: all of the car stops

Re: all of the car stops lately-what does that mean a "pilot program"? I don't see what a road block/stop just before the bridge at 1am has to do with speeding....Did the C.O. mean the DOT car with the speed cam was part of the pilot program? Also what about the other stops/summonses for turn signals, obstructed views, etc-was that addressed?


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