INWOOD — The 34th Precinct has joined Facebook — and the Uptown community seems to really “like” the idea.
The precinct is the first NYPD command to have its own Facebook page, according to Deputy Inspector Chris Morello.
Morello announced the initiative via the precinct’s Twitter account Tuesday evening. The 34th was also one of the first in the city to launch a Twitter account.
“I am glad to be opening the first NYPD precinct Facebook page here in the 34th precinct,” Morello wrote on the newly minted page. “I can't imagine a better place to kick off a transparent, online discussion between community and police than right here in Washington Heights and Inwood.”
The page is tied to an NYPD pilot program launched in the 34th and three other precincts last month.
Under the program, officers are assigned to specific sectors within the precinct with the goal of helping police personnel better get to know residents, business owners and issues specific to each area.
“This Facebook page is an extension of our commitment to engage with you, the community we protect,” Morello wrote, noting that the page will update the community on the activities of the officers involved in the pilot.
The page, which had more than 250 followers as of Wednesday afternoon, joins several very active Facebook groups within the Uptown community.
Commenters on the precinct’s new page sounded supportive of the latest social-media venture.
"Welcome to Facebook. Awesome idea," wrote one commenter.
"That is a wonderful, wonderful idea. Hope it brings peace," wrote another.