Despite Crime Decrease, Tough Programs Still Being Implemented Here, Says C.O.
By Charles Rogers
Although the full brunt of the NYPD’s Operation Impact is not being implemented locally, portions and the general operations of the program are still being used within the 69th Precinct.
According to Deputy Inspector Robert Johnsen, commanding officer of the local unit, we’re still putting emphasis on criminal activities "as if the program is being implemented fully here."
Statistically, the 69th Precinct saw a general decrease in crime between this year and last year. Johnsen said he was pleased to announce the arrival of four new officers who have just graduated from the Police Academy.
"We’ll give them some time to get acquainted with the area," he said, "and then they’ll go out on patrol." He said the local precincts that are still being handled under the Operation Impact conditions, where high-crime zones are flooded with extra police officers, are the 67th, 70th, 71st, 73rd, 75th and 77th. The program will cover 26 subway stations, nine housing developments and 22 precincts.
Operation Impact, which has been in effect with the NYPD for only slightly more than a year, was highly successful, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who recently announced that the program is being expanded.
Bloomberg credited the program with reducing the crime rate by tracking crime, enforcement and deployment and putting officers in the areas with the worst statistics. He said that last year the program resulted in 32,000 arrests.