Forest Hills Precinct Planning First Open House for Residents

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on May 22, 2014 5:59pm 

 Captain Thomas Conforti, Commanding Officer of the 112th Precinct, discusses crime at a recent community council meeting.
Captain Thomas Conforti, Commanding Officer of the 112th Precinct, discusses crime at a recent community council meeting.
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QUEENS — Police officers in Forest Hills want to get to know local residents.

In June, the 112th Precinct will organize its first ever open house, during which residents will get to see the inner workings of a police station and get acquainted with the precinct's social media initiatives, said Capt. Thomas Conforti, the precinct commander.

“We are going to invite the community to come in and tour the 112th Precinct,” Conforti said.

The goal, he said, is to “give the community an inside look of what a police station is and what goes on here.”

“We want people acclimated with what we do on a daily basis.”

The open house initiative comes on the heels of other efforts to reach out to the community.

Last December, the precinct held the first ever online community council meeting.

This year, Conforti has been tapped by the NYPD to be part of a pilot program to tweet about issues important to the neighborhood from the precinct's perspective.

Conforti has been tweeting traffic advisories, information about crime in the neighborhood and missing persons reports.

But he also initiated popular “tweet-alongs" on Tuesdays during which he follows a patrol team via his Twitter account.

Conforti said that during the open house, residents, who are not familiar with Twitter, will get assistance on how to use it. He said there will also be activities for kids.

The exact date of the open house has not yet been decided.

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