Week of 7 April 2020 update on what is happening in the 108 Precinct.
It is way down and we had record low numbers again last week. Domestic Violence is also way down. Slight uptick in commercial burglaries but we have a solid plan in place and it seems to be working well.
We have had two separate traffic accidents that have resulted in fatalities. Both happened on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Both cases are under investigation by the NYPD CIS. Extreme high speed played a roll in both accidents. NYPD Highway will increase their patrols in the area.
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 to the Post Master General and they are not experiencing any issues regarding mail/package delivery.
With Holy Week upon us we have been in contact with all religious leaders at the synagogues and churches; all locations we have been in contact with will have no public events. 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.
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.
WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC .....THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN THROUGH WORSE ... WE ARE TOUGH AND RESILIENT PEOPLE !
Please let me know if you need anything ... text me ASAP ! Call if needed.
All the best to you and your families !
DI Michael Gibbs
108 Pct CO