20th Precinct to Get ‘Neighborhood Policing’ Program; Meeting Monday

The 24th precinct — covering 86th to 110th street — has been operating a “neighborhood policing” program for several months now, with six officers assigned to specific sections of the neighborhood. Those officers give out their email addresses and phone numbers, in the hope that they’ll make close connections to residents and businesses.

Now the program is spreading to the 20th precinct — which covers 59th to 86th streets. On Monday night at 7 p.m., the precinct will unveil the program to the public at its monthly community council meeting. The policing program is set to start in July.

The meeting is at the precinct, 120 West 82nd street.

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    1. yourneighbor says:

      Great, it will be nice to see more cops on the street rather than just cruising by in their patrol cars. Hopefully it makes them more like neighbors rather than just people who come in from their suburban homes in Suffolk County every day and then leave asap.

      • UWSHebrew says:

        does anyone else smell marijuana EVERYWHERE? is that it, it’s over, marijuana is basically legal to smoke in public now? I don’t like the smell.

      • MQue says:

        I’ve noticed 2 cops patrolling my block every night in the really late hours and find it comforting.

    2. dannyboy says:

      I appreciate the efforts of the Precinct 24. I have called the neighborhood police who were very responsive and the desk Sergeant gave me his cell number.

      We are all safer if the community works together.

    3. BillyNYC/80Street says:

      Sounds good but we’ll see…. as long as they know it gets pretty boring around here after tourist and neighborhood guest disappear.

    4. Lin says:

      Thank you for this. I hardly ever see policeman although perhaps they are around in cars.

    5. K. Hohllenbach says:

      I realize that it’s a separate department, animal control, which deals with the issue, but the ever- increasing problem of off-leash dogs between WEA and Riverside Park needs to be addressed. I say this after having been attacked by such an owner-accompanied animal on west 87th street. The sight of uniformed officers could act as a deterrent, or I would hope so.

    6. AC says:

      I haven’t seen a beat cop in decades. I definitely believe in the program.

      • pumpkinpie says:

        Moved here (upper West 60s) in 1972. Every once in a blue moon I’ll see 2 mounted horseback police riding up West End Avenue. I NEVER see a policeman “walking the beat” and haven’t for decades. I think that quaint occurrence went out with Ike. Cruiser patrols seem to have totally replaced feet on the sidewalks. I look forward to actually seeing policemen/women walking the neighborhood streets.

    7. Glen says:

      It would be nice if they would occasionally remind bicyclists that adults are not supposed to be riding on the sidewalk. Maybe even pass out a ticket or two.

      • Kitty H says:

        The issue of sidewalk cyclists is an ongoing annoyance/hazard which I’d hope will be addressed. Likewise, the ever more common occurrence of off-leash dogs, not just in Riverside Park but on the neighboring residential blocks. My small dog and I suffered such an attack on 87th street and are thus sensitized.

    8. Sam says:

      Don’t think that the 24th spends too much time between the precinct boundary on the North Side of 86th and 96th street. It is a real shame this area can’t be part of the 20th, which is located just a few blocks away.

    9. Juan says:

      I greatly appreciate the efforts of our local police team and generally think they are doing a great job.

      That being said, perhaps they could do something about the homeless man who resides in front of the Victoria’s Secret at 85 and Broadway and is constantly dropping his pants in the middle of the street to urinate. There have been threads on here before about him. I am a very liberal, tolerant person but seeing someone blocking traffic while standing in the middle of the street half naked, urinating, is more than I can take. And it happens all the time.

    10. KittyH. says:

      A more visible police presence in our neighborhood is a good thing, and this is the third comment I’ve entered to this effect, the other two also registering my hope that this more noticeable presence would serve to discourage owners from walking their dogs off-leash, which is against the law. The previous two comments did not make it into your comments, however, and I am curious as to why.