QUEENS — Jamaica residents will soon get to discuss a variety of problems they would like to see fixed in their neighborhood during a series of “Safety Summit Meetings” with officers assigned to monitor specific areas of the precinct, police officials said.
Eight of the “neighborhood coordination officers,” or NCOs, have been assigned to four newly created patrol sectors in the 103rd Precinct, where they work all their shifts, getting to know local residents and business owners, as part of a new community policing program which was introduced in the 103rd Precinct in October.
Six additional NCOs were also assigned to monitor the South Jamaica Houses, Jamaica Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard.
When the program, seeking to improve the relationship between the community and the police department, was introduced to the area last year, the 103rd Precinct immediately saw a significant drop in overall crime numbers, officials said.
The officers have since met with local residents during various community events and informal meetings, as well as during the monthly 103rd Precinct Community Council meeting.
But this time, meetings with the NCOs will be organized in each of the four sectors in order to discuss crime and quality of life issues related to each of the specific areas, police officials said.
“They are going to be speaking about issues in the sector where they work and everybody who lives there is welcome to come, work with the NCOs, come up with issues and ideas about how to fix the problem,” said Inspector John Cappelmann, the commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct, during a recent community council meeting.
Check the complete schedule of the upcoming meetings with the Jamaica NCOs below:
► Sector Adam (between the Van Wyck Expressway and 175th Street and between Hillside and Archer avenues) — Tuesday, June 6, at the Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Blvd.
► Sector Boy (between 175th Street and Francis Lewis Boulevard and between Hillside and Archer avenues) — Thursday, June 8, at I.S. 238 Susan B. Anthony Academy at 88-15 182 St.
► Sector Charlie (between the Van Wyck Expressway and 157th Street and between Archer and 110th avenues) — Tuesday, June 20, at the Concerned Parents of Jamaica Early Learning Center at 143-04 101 Ave.(NCO’s assigned to monitor Sutphin Boulevard will also be there).
► Sector David (between 157th Street and Francis Lewis Boulevard and between Archer and 110th avenues) — Thursday, June 15, at the South Hollis Library at 204-01 Hollis Ave. (NCO's assigned to the South Jamaica Houses will also attend).
All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.