69th Pct. C.O. Stresses Importance Of Community Cooperation
Captain Ralph Monteforte, commanding officer of the 69th Precinct last week said the solution to alleviating crimes against the quality of life in the community lies in cooperation between the police department and the public.
Addressing the monthly meeting of the United Canarsie South Civic Association, Monteforte said it is important for him to get to meetings of civic associations so that he can “get the word out” regarding crimes, small or large.
Accompanied to the meeting by Detectives Dady Belfort and Anthony Cardinale, Monteforte cited two incidents in the past three weeks where car parts had been stolen from parked vehicles and the car owners, along with neighbors, were able to pinpoint the alleged thieves — just by working together with police.
Other quality of life issues mentioned at the meeting, which was held on November 7 at the Hebrew Edu-cational Society, concerned targeting identity theft crimes and with prevention of car thefts.
Noting that he has “a great appreciation” for those who attended the meeting and other gatherings of civic groups, Monteforte said, “What we’re trying to do is have the public continue to acquaint themselves with the Police Department better, while we in the NYPD — especially at the local precinct level — want to also get to know you better.”
Neal Duncan, president of the civic group, announced that the annual “Best Dressed Holiday House” competition will be in effect again this year and asked residents to take part in the competition.