Week of 24 April 2020 update on what is happening in the 108 Precinct.
The 108th Precinct recorded its first homicide in over 15 months today on 41st Avenue in Woodside. It was a domestic homicide and an arrest was made.
It is down and we had good numbers again last week. Biggest issue we are dealing with now are commercial burglaries but we have a solid plan in place and it seems to be working well.
Vehicle accidents are way down but we have also increased our speeding enforcement along the Northern Blvd and Queens Blvd corridors.
Parks / Gathering Locations:
We have been working with the Parks Department and the State Park Police in order to ensure that folks are following the Mayor’s / Governor’s instructions regarding social distancing and remaining indoors. So far, it seems to be working in most locations. The units out on patrol have a pre-recorded message that they have been playing over the Radio Car PA systems. Additional police resources are expected to arrive today at each precinct where they will be utilized solely to address these issues.
No issues reported back from the gas stations or supermarkets. All locations are fully stocked without any reported shortages.
Spoke again to the Post Master General and they are not experiencing any issues regarding mail/package delivery.
With Ramadan upon us we have been in contact with all imam’s at the mosques and will have no public events nor will the call to prayer be electronically broadcast. This is in keeping with the local/state instructions posted in regards to the pandemic.
All the officers assigned to the 108 Precinct have been issued the appropriate safety equipment and we have adequate supplies on hand for replacements.
We have four locations that are distributing school meals to the students. School crossing guards and the Pct School Officers (now known as Youth Coordination Officers YCO’s—- same job just a new name) visit all locations through out the day. Meals are “grab and go” and pre-packed. No issues to report.
As you can imagine we have seen a huge increase in 911 jobs regarding persons that have expired in their residence. Although there is no way to determine the cause of death, the assumption is, if the person was exhibiting flu-like symptoms then COVID-19 was the cause. The protective measures put in place to protect the first responders are in keeping with the CDC instructions and Department guild-lines. We are doing the best we possibly can to maintain the dignity of the deceased and to provide comfort to the family members. Medical Examiner response time is much longer that usual ... but they are doing the best they can under the current circumstances. Normally we average eight (8) cases per month ... we are currently at thirty seven (37).
In general the officers assigned to the precinct are in good mental and physical health and we have been fortunate enough to operate with very low numbers reporting sick.
The 108 Pct is functional, maintaining a normal response time for 911/311 calls and the cops morale is high.
I cannot express to you how proud I am of them during this unprecedented time in our Nations history.
All the best to you and your families!
DI Michael Gibbs