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Queens Precincts Have Fewest Officer Complaints in the City, Stats Show

By Katie Honan | November 6, 2015 1:19pm | Updated on November 9, 2015 8:59am
 The 16 precincts in Queens had some of the lowers number of complaints against police officers.
The 16 precincts in Queens had some of the lowers number of complaints against police officers.
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QUEENS — The borough's precincts tallied the lowest number of complaints against its officers in the city, according to statistics from the comptroller's office.

Comptroller Scott Stringer found that of the precincts that attracted the most claims filed against the city, Queens precincts appeared far below their citywide counterparts.

For example, while The Bronx's 44th Precinct led the city with 395 claims in 2014 — or 17 percent of all its crimes — Queens' 113th in South Jamaica, which had the borough's most claims against officers — had just 84 — or 4.48 percent of their 1,874 crimes, stats show. 

None of the precincts in Queens made it into the top 15 precincts on Stringer's list.

The 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway came in second in the borough, with 35 claims on 864 crimes, which is 4.05 percent, while the 104th Precinct, which covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth, had just four complaints out of 1,510 crimes — the lowest number of complaints in the entire city. 

Claims logged against the NYPD are usually about police misconduct, injury or damage from accidents involving police cars and civil rights violations. 

According to the comptroller's office, even as the city has seen a decline in the number people suing the city, the number of claims against the NYPD remains higher than other agencies.

The number of lawsuits filed against the NYPD increased 71 percent between 2003 and 2013, Comptroller Scott Stringer found. Last year, however, lawsuits against the NYPD dropped nearly 13 percent — the first double-digit decline in NYPD claims in at least 20 years, according to the comptroller's office. 

The lawsuits against the city have declined over everything from fallen-tree injuries to sewer backups.