2017-10-12 / Other News

NCOs Take Aim At Firearm Presence In Canarsie

By Dara Mormile


Police officers John Bridgwood and Matthew Mauro debrief community at NCO meeting for Sector A. Police officers John Bridgwood and Matthew Mauro debrief community at NCO meeting for Sector A. Even though crime in our community is reportedly down, Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) with the 69th Precinct informed residents that there are still too many guns circulating in the streets.

Alerts about gang activity and police intervention were provided at the October 4th NCO meeting, where Sector A of the 69th Precinct met to update residents on quality of life issues. A handful of people attended the public safety forum at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 9408 Farragut Road, where Police Officers John Bridgwood and Matthew Mauro recapped what’s been going on in the northern section of the command.

According to Officer Mauro, there have been gang-affiliated activities taking place around Breukelen Houses involving residents from Brownsville and East Flatbush. Mauro also said that some residents with firearms have taken to the rooftops of the projects where they let off several rounds of gunshots at a time.

“The good thing is that we have a tool called Shotspotter – which monitors and detects the sounds and location of gunshots so that our officers can respond immediately when gunfire erupts,” Mauro said.

Shotspotter technology, not yet available in every precinct in New York City, has been helpful when providing a location where gunshots are heard, but officers say the indicators do not always mean that someone has been wounded.

In light of abandoned cars being one of the most complained about quality of life issues at NCO meetings, Bridgwood and Mauro are working on an operation that will help remove unsightly vehicles from Canarsie streets.

“We’re trying to organize a significant towing operation with a company that can get cars and trucks off problematic streets like Rockaway Avenue and Avenue D,” said Bridgwood.

Bridgwood said most of the abandoned cars are left near P.S./I.S. 66 on Foster Avenue near East 96th Street. Campers and mobile homes have also been parked along that corridor, but the NCOs are working to impose a hefty fine on those drivers and tow the huge vehicles away, noting drivers can possibly get arrested if they’re present when their auto is being removed.

Sector A of the 69th Precinct spans can respond immediately when gunfire erupts,” Mauro said.

Shotspotter technology, not yet available in every precinct in New York City, has been helpful when providing a location where gunshots are heard, but officers say the indicators do not always mean that someone has been wounded.

In light of abandoned cars being one of the most complained about quality of life issues at NCO meetings, Bridgwood and Mauro are working on an operation that will help remove unsightly vehicles from Canarsie streets.

“We’re trying to organize a significant towing operation with a company that can get cars and trucks off problematic streets like Rockaway Avenue and Avenue D,” said Bridgwood.

Bridgwood said most of the abandoned cars are left near P.S./I.S. 66 on Foster Avenue near East 96th Street. Campers and mobile homes have also been parked along that corridor, but the NCOs are working to impose a hefty fine on those drivers and tow the huge vehicles away, noting drivers can possibly get arrested if they’re present when their auto is being removed.

Sector A of the 69th Precinct spans from Ralph Avenue to Louisiana Avenue and from Avenue D to Flatlands Avenue – the biggest sector in the precinct.

The mission of the NCO program, which is celebrating its first anniversary this month, is to assign the same officers to specific portions of the community where they can form stronger relationships with residents. As a result, officers will be more aware of the repetitive issues that need to be resolved and Canarsiens will hopefully feel more comfortable interacting with officers. NCOs in all four sectors have also been more than willing to distribute their contact information so that they are easily accessible to residents.

Check the Canarsie Courier’s Community Guide section for the next scheduled NCO meeting. To find out which sector you live in and which officers represent your portion of the precinct, contact Sergeant Joshua Rios at JOSHUA.RIOS@nypd.org.

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