MINI SUB-POLICE PRECINCT READY FOR OPERATION
RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Mount Vernon, New York, September 7, 2012 – The new Mount Vernon Sub-Police Precinct located in Levister Towers is scheduled for a grand opening on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 11:00 am. The opening will be held in the new Sub-Precinct’s 70 West 3rd Street location. Police personnel will immediately begin working out of it.
Police Commissioner Carl Bell is ready to have officers serving the community from the location. “The area itself represents a cornerstone of the community with the Doles Community Center, senior housing and an active fire station within a block of the sub-precinct. One of our primary activities this year is high visibility in troubled areas and with the precinct’s opening, this accomplishes that goal.”
In 2010 when Levister Towers changed ownership new management began negotiations to increase police presence in the area. Although the buildings improved internal security, neighborhood residents and business owners complained that the lack of effective police presence in the area was reducing quality of life for residents because although the buildings composition had changed, some outsiders involved in criminal activity still frequented the area.
Police officers will now be on site daily, particularly during high crime periods, to provide an additional layer of protection for the residents of the complex and surrounding neighborhoods.
“We will have officers assigned to an area that needs attention. The officers will have the opportunity to develop better relationships with the people living there and that will help all of us do our jobs to create a better community. Building this type of relationship is essential if we are to improve life in troubled neighborhoods”, said Mayor Ernest D. Davis.
Community policing and Patrol Task Force Units will be housed in the new precinct. Foot patrols will be dispatched from the location as well. Neighborhood residents will also be able to file crime reports and request community policing services including assistance with neighborhood watch organizing.
Residents, churches, and neighborhood businesses, groups and associations are welcome to drop off suggestions and crime tips.
For additional information contact Shari Harris @ 914.665.2572.
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