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Veteran Officers Will Replace Rookies on Roosevelt Ave at Night, NYPD Says

By Katie Honan | February 10, 2016 4:31pm

CORONA — The NYPD is replacing its "impact zone" policing along Roosevelt Avenue with more experienced officers this spring, according to NYPD officials.

The "neighborhood community officers" will continue to monitor the busy avenue at night, from 9:30 p.m. until 6 a.m., according to Deputy Inspector Christopher Manson from the 110th Precinct. 

But instead of rookie police officers straight from the academy, it will be staffed with 32 veterans with at least two years on the job. 

"We're trading veteran cops for rookie cops," Manson said.

The program, known as the "Roosevelt Avenue Task Force," will have 32 officers assigned to patrol the avenue in Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst. 

Those officers can come from precincts across the city, according to an NYPD spokesman.