Local Precincts Schedule ‘Build the Block’ Meetings Between Police and Public; All Are Welcome

By Carol Tannenhauser

Launched in June 2015, “neighborhood policing” is a comprehensive crime-fighting strategy built on improved communication between police officers and community residents. It divides each precinct into sectors.

“The same officers work in the same neighborhoods on the same shifts, increasing their familiarity with local residents and local problems,” according to the NYPD. “The radio dispatchers, supervisors, and sector officers work together to maintain ‘sector integrity,’ meaning that the sector officers and sector cars do not leave the boundaries of their assigned sectors, except in precinct-wide emergencies.”

Here is a complete description of neighborhood policing.

“Build the Block” meetings are held periodically in every sector to bring together police and residents to identify public safety issues and discuss potential solutions. The dates and details of the upcoming Build the Block meetings in the 20th and 24th precincts are listed on the flyers below. (The first meeting is tonight.) Presumably, masks and social distancing are required.

You can also find your next meeting and determine your sector by clicking here.

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    1. leon says:

      These should be fun. How many different ways are there to ask the questions “what are you doing regarding the huge influx of addicted homeless men (of all races) to our neighborhood who are loitering, threatening people and wandering around in drunken/high stupors? And those who are setting up residency on our sidewalks? Have you been completely neutered from properly doing your job and making the UWS a pleasant place for all law-abiding citizens to live?”

    2. QL says:

      Re-fund the police so they can do their jobs.
      Arrest the loiterers. Charge bail.

      • Bruce E. Bernstein says:

        if you want to charge cash bail, it means you want to keep poor people, overwhelmingly people of color, in jail when they have not been convicted of any crime. maybe you don’t intend that to be racist. But it is objectively racist and classist in its results.

        if someone is a danger to the community, then they should be kept in jail, no bail. If they are deemed not a danger and have not been convicted of anything, then they are released and they get a trial. As per the US Constitution.

    3. Dan says:

      Would you please include 26PCT in future reporting? Thanks.

    4. ST says:

      There needs to be a better way to know what sector you live in. Like a map. Or how to access it.

    5. Withholding My Name For Obvious Reasons says:

      History shows that the big problem with “neighborhood policing” approaches in NYC is corruption.

      As the cops develop relationships with the community organized corruption and criminality by the police inevitably takes root.

      Every 20 years or so the NYPD is subject to show tribunal “commissions” (Knapp, Mollen, etc.) dealing with this issue.

      In theory, I like the community policing concept, but as long as the NYPD is basically an unmanageable paramilitary/street gang entity it’s unlikely that there won’t be another commission in the next few years.

    6. Bobby Rose says:

      How are these meetings in compliance with social distancing rules?

    7. Joe says:

      West side rag should do an interview with Naoki Yaguchi. His career seems absloutely facinating and I wonder if he’s willing to talk on record about the various issues as someone who’s neither black nor white, and appears above average effective as an precinct administrator.

    8. JIM says:

      sector??? sounds so Orwellish

    9. Continuing Westsider? says:

      Merely 2 blocks from my apartment saw a young man high on drugs, extreme state of agitation, unsteady in a doorway on Columbus, struggling to unzip his pants,