James Green did years in state prison for burglary and grand larceny charges.
The 32-year-old victim is in critical condition.
The neighborhood-focused approach will tackle issues big and small, Capt. Brian Hennessy said.
Police say the uptick in felony assaults stems from changes to the penal code and more education.
The suspect allegedly followed the victim into her apartment building in Queens.
The Ford Econoline vans are stolen for parts or to commit other crimes, police said.
A program with a fake gun lets citizens see how they would respond in police situations.
Clara Somodi, 39, had sex with a 14-year-old boy at the school where she worked, police say.
The officers saw the large fire while out on a patrol, they said.
A man driving a stolen van led police on a high-speed chase through Corona before crashing to a halt.
Police said 17-year-old Louis Barragan threatened and robbed a Bronx dad and 4-year-old son Wednesday.
Capt. Brian Hennessy will replace Deputy Inspector Donald Powers, who is moving to Manhattan North.
The 115th Precinct, in Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and North Corona, stopped 14,585 Latinos in 2011.
More than 50 percent of the 686,000 people stop-and-frisked in 2011 were black.
Sgt. Christine Hirtzel said her sexual advances didn't cause cop to kill himself, according to sources.
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