102nd Precinct honors Cops of the Month

The 102nd Precinct Community Council honored two brave men with the “Cop of the Month” award at its most recent meeting.
Sergeant Rafael Santana and Officer Jose Severino accepted the award on March 17 at the Moose Lodge in Richmond Hill after Executive Officer?James Hall praised the two for their good work.
The pair was out on patrol when they intercepted a drug deal on 96th Street and Atlantic Avenue, say their superiors.
The President of the 102 Precinct Council’s board, Maria Thomson, next spoke out about her disappointment in a published article that said crime has spiked in the Woodhaven and Kew Gardens communities due to the growing foreclosures in the neighborhoods.
“I’m very offended by this article,” Thomson said.
According to Thomson, the 102nd Precinct has denied the credibility of the article.
“There is no crime spike in the 102nd Precinct,” Hall said. “The city and the 102nd Precinct have come a long way.”
According to the precinct’s data, crime is down 21 percent from last year and about 17 percent from two years ago.
“Yes, there are foreclosures in the area and teens are mostly the problem because they sneak on those properties, but we’re aware of what’s going on with them,” Hall said.
He also gave those at the meeting a brief reminder about bad habits that everyone in the community needs to keep in check in order to keep themselves and everyone around them safe.
“Don’t drive intoxicated,” Hall said. “You will kill someone and get arrested.”
He also reminded everyone that talking on a cell phone while driving is something that the precinct is cracking down on.
“You don’t want to hurt someone and have that on your conscience for the rest of your life,” Hall said.
The 102nd Precinct Community Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at Moose Lodge in Richmond Hill.

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