The NYPD has introduced a new crime fighting strategy based on more active cooperation and communication with community residents. Officers from the 17th Precinct announced the rollout of Neighborhood Policing, at a Build the Block meeting, on July 19, where officers met and talked personally with people who live within the precinct.
The 17th Precinct has created four sectors in the precinct, roughly corresponding to established neighborhoods. Neighborhood Coordination Officers, on the same daily shifts, will patrol the same assigned areas, affording them more familiarity with the neighborhood, its residents and specific local problems. Cars will remain within their assigned boundaries (except in precinct-wide emergencies), working with radio dispatchers, supervisors and other sector officers.
Once a quarter, the NCOs will host a Build the Block neighborhood safety meeting to talk about community concerns and answer questions. The next one is scheduled for October.