Become A Block Watcher At Council’s May 14 Meet
The 112th Precinct Community Council will be having a special meeting on Monday night, May 14, in Forest Hills to announce the launch of the NYPD’s Block Watcher program.
All are invited to participate in the session, which will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at the stationhouse located at 68-40 Austin St., near Yellowstone Boulevard.
The Block Watcher program trains community residents on the skills needed to be the “eyes and ears” of the Police Department. Civilian volunteers are given training in observation skills and then assigned a confidential Block Watcher number which they can use to report crime and dangerous conditions in their neighborhood.
People can make their observations without venturing far from homes. Members of the NYPD will be on hand at the May 14 meeting to provide training to those interested in participating.
Deputy Inspector Christopher Tamola, the commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, will also be at the meeting to answer residents’ questions. Refreshments will be served.
The council also reminds residents to be very careful while walking on the street with their cell phones or other electronic devices, as thieves are stealing these devices out of the hands of victims.
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Editor’s note: Heidi Harrison Chain is president of the 112th Precinct Community Council. For additional information on the meeting, call the 112th Precinct Community Affairs Unit at 1-718-520-9321.