QUEENS — Hoping to better understand the concerns of South Jamaica residents, the NYPD has expanded its use of IdeaScale, an online forum utilized to solicit ideas and feedback, to the 113th Precinct, which also covers St. Albans, Springfield Gardens and Addisleigh Park.
The platform allows users to share ideas, identify problems and upvote posts, indicating which issues they consider important and how police resources should be directed.
“As a resident or business owner in the 113th Precinct, we invite you to take part in a new and exciting way to address your top concerns (for example, vandalism, illegal parking, noise complaints, etc.),” the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau wrote in an email sent out to local residents.
“You can make anonymous submissions, and it is a great way to let us know how we can work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood,” the email read.
In June, it was also expanded to the 100th and 101st precincts in Far Rockaway, as well as to the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights.
The NYPD has embraced social media in recent years. Last year, the department gave Twitter handles to all precinct commanders and some of the city's subway lines. The NYPD also has a Facebook page.
To sign up for the 113th Precinct's IdeaScale page, go here.