GREENWICH VILLAGE — Arrests on problem-plagued Christopher Street have spiked recently after the 6th Precinct, responding to residents' concerns about crime and quality of life issues, began maintaining a dedicated police detail there, police said at a community meeting Wednesday night.
Cops from the precinct, including undercover and narcotics officers, patrolled the stretch with renewed force in August and September, 6th Precinct Captain Maria Codd-Perez said.
During that time, officers made three felony arrests, 30 misdemeanor arrests and issued 14 violations, she said.
According to Codd-Perez, one of the felony arrests was for car theft and the misdemeanor arrests were for crimes including public marijuana use, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Forty people were stopped, questioned and frisked, and officers issued 130 criminal court summonses for quality of life violations like alcohol consumption and public urination.
Previous data was not immediately available, but Codd-Perez said the number of arrests on Christopher Street has increased.
"I can tell you that the numbers are a lot higher," she said Wednesday. "We didn't have officers dedicated just to that area [previously] in the amount we have now."
According to NYPD CompStat data, total crime in the 6th Precinct for this year through Sept. 18 compared to the same period last year dropped 4 percent.
However, the number of rapes increased from 7 to 13 and felony assault rose 28 percent.
Criminal ticketed offenses in the 6th Precinct rose about five percent from 2009 to 2010, according to DNAinfo.com's Crime & Safety Report.