“This is part of how we keep people safer. We believe neighborhood policing will bring our community and police closer. Officers bond with community leaders and everyday people. It gets them information that helps them stop crime,” said Mayor de Blasio.
“Staten Islanders want to know their police officers,” noted BP Oddo. “This is an opportunity for them to get to know each other. Police will make even better decisions by knowing the lay of the land and their neighbors. As we know, the epicenter of our opioid crisis is on the South Shore, so making the 123 a Neighborhood Policing Command makes all the sense in the world.”
Neighborhood policing is already underway in the borough’s 120th and 122nd precincts.