CHCA Meeting Minutes: February 2008

The meeting was called to order at 7:45 by Ms. Porter.

Guest Speaker
Deputy Inspector, John Cosgrove, commanding officer of the 77th Precinct was our guest speaker. He outlined the Impact Zone which consists of 38 officers patrolling the area between Franklin & Nostrand, from Eastern Parkway to Pacific. There are 14 officers assigned to the day shift: 11:30 am-5:30 pm and 24 to the night shift: 5:30 pm-2am. The officers walk in pairs and the location and timing of these patrols is determined by 1 Police Plaza, not the precinct.

Feedback to the precinct from the community has been positive from both from a quality of life standpoint and communication between the new officers and residents, there has been one negative complaint that will lead to a meeting with youth. The policy of the department is to be assertive in enforcing quality of life issues. There is a balance that needs to be found for each community between proper enforcement and policing that over extends boundaries.

Crime is down 2% for the year to date though robberies continue to be a problem and are up from last year, there have been 75 robbery related arrests since the beginning of the year. Burglaries and auto theft are down. The western side of the precinct is still seeing persistent