Precinct Auxiliary Officers On "High Visibility" Duty
By Charles Rogers
Captain Ralph Monteforte, commanding officer of the local precinct, said he felt residents in the precinct area should be apprised of the resources being offered, not only from our regular police officers, but also from the neighborhood residents who volunteer their time as members of the Auxiliary.
The precinct's executive officer, Captain Daniel Carione, addressed the current contingent of Aux-iliary officers as they prepared for duty, first of all thanking them for their time and "excellent" effort.
"I realize every one of you has a family at home and it's much more pleasant to be sitting in front of the television set with them at this time. But I also realize that you have volunteered to help the community in so many ways. We of the NYPD are grateful, and we just want you to know it," he said.
He gave specific praise to Auxiliary officers who recently helped out during a concert at South Shore High School in controlling crowds and, along with regular precinct officers, helped keep general order.
Police Officer Margaret Palazzola, who is in charge of the Auxiliary group, said the present class has only about two weeks to go in training and that there are still openings for more volunteers.
"We are making way for more volunteer recruits in the near future," she said. Those interested can call Officer Palazzola at (718) 257-6203.