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Chief tackles tough issues

Assistant Chief James Secreto, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, was the guest speaker at Assemblymember William Scarborough’s 29th AD Task Force meeting. Secreto reported crime figures were down 1 percent in southeast Queens in the 103rd, 105th and the 113th Precincts.

And, in keeping with that trend, Secreto said he just got 55 new police recruits assigned to Patrol Borough South.

Audience members also discussed concerns, including illegally-parked tractor trailer trucks, police response times, high incidence of gun violence and bringing more gun buyback programs to the community.

Stressing the importance of police precinct council meetings, Secreto emphasized that the community has to be the eyes and ears of the police department.

The Chief was well received by the audience. Though he was promoted to the Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough South just a year ago, he is no stranger to the community. He lived in Queens Village for 24 years.

The 29th AD Task Force meetings are held the last Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, located at 172-17 Linden Boulevard. Call Scarborough’s district office for information at 718-723-5412.

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