Forest Hills Has The Fewest Stop-And-Frisks in Queens
QUEENS — The 112th Precinct, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, had the fewest number of stop-and-frisks in Queens in 2011, but still logged more than 3,000 that year, according to a report released by the New York Police Department earlier this week.
In total, there were 3,407 stop-and-frisks in Forest Hills, according to the 2011 statistics, with most of those stopped by the police suspected of having committed robbery (29.4 percent of all stops), the report said.
The 112th precinct logged a similar number of reasonable suspicion stops in previous years, with 3,232 in 2009.
Those numbers present a striking contrast to two other precincts located only a few subway stops away, which logged the highest number of stop-and-frisks in the borough.
The 103rd Precinct, which covers Jamaica and Hollis, logged 17,152 reasonable suspicion stops, and the 115th Precinct, which includes East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights, had 18,156.
In 2009, there were 11,157 stop-and-frisks in the 103rd Precinct, and 12,923 in the 115th Precinct.
The 2011 statistics also showed that African-Americans were targeted disproportionately in Forest Hills. In the precinct, where Blacks made up only 2.6 percent of the population, they accounted for 22.6 percent of all stops by the police.
Whites, who comprise 56.8 percent of the population, made up 38.3 percent of the 112th Precinct’s stop-and-frisks.
The racial composotion of those stopped in the 112th Precinct roughly comports with the breakdown of "all known crime suspects" in the area, according to the report.
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The 112th Precinct saw a drop in crime in 2012, defying a citywide uptick.
Overall, crime in the area fell about 4 percent compared to the previous year, said the precinct's commander, Capt. Thomas Conforti, during a recent Community Board 6 meeting — putting it among 15 of the 76 precincts where major crimes decreased.