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
Dear New Yorker:
As you know, New York City public schools will be continuing academic instruction through Remote Learning for the rest of the school year. To keep students connected and able to learn from home, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to students who are in need of a device.
We are writing to get your support in reaching families so they know this resource is available. In order for families to receive a device by Thursday, April 30, they need to complete the Remote Learning Device Request Form by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23rd. If they miss this deadline, they will still receive tablets, but not until sometime in May.
Families that want to request a device should call DOE at 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu for help getting a device with internet connection. Or, they can fill out the Remote Learning Device Request form at https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices. DOE will use the contact information provided on the form to reach out to the family to schedule delivery of the device.
Everyone who fills out a request form online, with a staff member, or over the phone, will be sent follow up emails and texts.
· Priority will be given to students most in need.
· All devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned.
· There is a limit of one device per student.
· You must fill out a separate form for each student who needs a device.
· There is no need to call the DOE or 311 to check on the status of the device. We are getting the devices out as fast as we can, and are following processes to make sure our highest need families get them first.
Thank you for your help in ensuring our students stay connected to school during this difficult time. Your dedication to NYC families is invaluable and what makes this City so great. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this request.
Be safe and be well,
Mayor's Community Affairs Unit
NOTE: One of our members brought this incident to our attention. If anyone has any info please contact the 110th Precinct Squad and if you see groups hanging out in violation of the "distancing" regulation, call 311.
Unfortunately there isn't too much information I can give you at this time. The Detective Squad is actively investigating this crime.
Sunday at approx 1130 pm there was 4 victims stabbed in the vicinity of PS 7. It started out as a dispute with 3-4 other males. most all wearing hoods. The crime was reported a few hours later around 2 am. There is video surveillance.
David S. Saponieri
New York City Police Department
Earlier today at approximately 11:46 am, police responded to a 911 call for a robbery at CVS, located at 79-60 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.
When police arrived on scene, the witness stated that while working the cash register, she was approached by a Male White who appeared to be in his mid to late thirties. The perpetrator was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, black sneakers and was wearing a black face mask. The perpetrator displayed what appeared to be a kitchen knife while demanding money from the cashier. The perpetrator then fled the location on foot heading west on Metropolitan Avenue.
This incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the 104th Precinct at 718-386-3004.
Police Officer Michael Berish
104th Precinct - Community Affairs
Yes, we have another project coming to our area! The Department of Design & Construction will be in charge of this project.
This is a Green Infrastructure project. There are four Stormwater Greenstreet locations (similar to rain gardens) and four permeable asphalt locations.
There isn’t any construction at the moment, but if a location is near your property we urge you to take photos in the event you experience any damage.
You can contact Tashlima Lipi, the Community Construction Liaison at (347) 924-9256 or (347) 328-4059 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org once the project begins. The Field Office hours are Monday thru Friday between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm.
See the attached locations where work will be done.
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association
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Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association
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