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The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet tonight, April 9, at the Homecrest Presbyterian Church (1413 Avenue T).

The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by Captain John M. Chell, the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.

For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.

When Bill Bratton took on the job as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s police commissioner earlier this year, he promised communities a more open dialogue with their local precincts. In addition to widespread concern over the detrimental effects of stop-and-frisk policy, Bratton was also coming in as the NYPD faced a new round of criticism after Ray Kelly’s administration took a parting shot at reporters and squashed the distribution of blotter items.

While stop-and-frisk appears to have come to an end, blotter items remain sketchy. Some precincts have started working with reporters again, while others haven’t. (The 61st Precinct does not.)

But the commish is moving ahead with other plans. Precincts have been asked to begin producing monthly newsletters for the community. The 61st Precinct sent us their first issue, which we’ve embedded here.

In addition to a schedule of local precinct meetings and information on various programs and contacts available at the precinct, there’s a slew of information about crime trends and prevention tips.

Of note, the precinct reveals the top location for pedestrian-related car accidents in the command: Coney Island Avenue and Avenue Z. With de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” campaign ramping up, residents should expect rigorous enforcement at that location.

The newsletter also says what Captain John Chell has taken pains to remind residents at every meeting for months: theft from automobiles is a scourge throughout New York City, and Sheepshead Bay is no exception. Perps are breaking windows and checking car locks to steal items as small as pennies in a cup holder. Make sure you lock your doors and don’t leave anything of value in plain sight.

Grand larcenies are also on the rise, fueled by pickpockets, as we noted in October. Victims are usually females riding on MTA buses, with items being stolen from their pocketbooks.

Check out the newsletter, which has tips to prevent becoming a victim.

The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet tomorrow, March 12, at the Bainbridge Center, 3093 Ocean Avenue at 7:30 p.m.

The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by Captain John M. Chell, the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.

For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.

In the first meeting of the 61st Precinct Community Council of 2014, the 61st Precinct’s executive officer, Captain Faison, reflected on the past year, focusing on the increase in domestic violence.

Filling in for precinct’s commanding officer, Captain John M. Chell, Faison noted that crime was down overall, but that instances of domestic violence were still on the rise.

“We ended the year below 2012 [figures] in all categories with the exception of felony assaults, mainly due to domestic violence,” Faison said.

Currently in charge of the traffic program, Faison talked up year-end reductions in road accidents. “We are down in collisions,” he said.

For the month, all crime was down as well, except robberies, according to Faison.

“We had a couple of bank robberies,” Faison said, citing Chase as one of the banks that was targeted.

“One individual went to two banks; one bank he hit twice,” he said.

The perpetrator was identified and arrested, Faison added.

Other robberies, he said, included attacks on Chinese food delivery men throughout the area.

– Steven Volynets

The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Sephardic Community Center (1901 Ocean Parkway).

The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by Captain John M. Chell, the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.

For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.

With only three weeks left to the end of the year, Captain John M. Chell, commanding officer of the 61st Precinct, reported a 1.4 percent overall crime increase for the year, noting a rise in domestic violence and holiday-related theft .

“The crime that really took up by surprise this year is domestic violence,” Chell said, adding that while instances of domestic violence are hard to prevent, a team of trained officers is now in place to deal with the problem. Chell made the statements during the monthly 61st Precinct Community Council meeting on Wednesday.

Chell also attributed a spike in identity theft, car break-ins and the DIPs (dipping in people’s purses) to the holiday shopping season. These crimes have been reported to take place on buses and along popular shopping routes like Kings Highway, Avenue U and Sheepshead Bay Road.

To curb DIPs and other theft, Chell assured that police presence has been bolstered on city buses across Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods.

“I have a group of young cops riding the B49 with me all week,” he said. Chell also cautioned against leaving bags and other personal belongings in cars as they tend to attract thieves.

Meanwhile, Capitan Chell lauded the efforts of the 61st Precinct officers in helping reduce vehicle accidents and traffic-related pedestrian injuries, both of which are down for the year.

– Steven Volynets

The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet tomorrow, December 11, at the Bainbridge Center, 3093 Ocean Avenue at 7:30 p.m.

The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by Captain John M. Chell, the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.

For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.

Photo by tamakisono via Flickr

The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet tomorrow, November 13, at the Bainbridge Center, 3093 Ocean Avenue.

Prior to the usual meeting, the precinct is holding a free document shredding event in an effort to combat ongoing issues of identity theft in the community.

From 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Center, an NYPD shredder truck will be on site to destroy documents with sensitive information. Bring unwanted and/or expired personal documents so that they can be safely shredded, destroyed and disposed of.

Items to bring include:

  • Old tax returns
  • Expired identification
  • Old bank statements
  • Sensitive documents
  • Cancelled checks
  • Credit cards
  • Any other documents containing personal information (names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers, etc)

The meeting will begin after the shredding event at 7:30 p.m. The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by Captain John M. Chell, the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.

For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.

Members of the 61st Precinct Community Council and Captain John Chell pose with NYFK Sport Center’s Chinese dragons, which danced during the event.

The officers, auxiliary force, leaders and community council of the NYPD’s 61st Precinct celebrated another stellar Night Out Against Crime, with hundreds of children and their parents taking to the precinct’s lot and adjacent street to celebrate a safe community.

With a heated election year, there were tons of local elected officials and candidates on hand, hobnobbing with neighbors while their children ate free burgers, danced to the DJ, were dazzled by a musician, and took home their own personalized airbrushed t-shirts.

It was the 30th year of the event, and the 61st Precinct is known to throw one of the most extravagant affairs of all the Brooklyn precincts. The event is celebrated in more than 15,000 communities across all 50 states, representing the communities reclaiming their streets from violence and crime.

While there was a lot to love about this year’s event – did you see the dragons?! – my favorite part was the impromptu performance by 3-year-old Jordan Wong, who burst out in dance to Gangnam Style and drew a large audience. We caught most of it on video, below, and Jordan was eager to do it for the crowd again, a not-so-uncommon occurrence according to his father Kuey.

“He’ll do it again. He’ll do it any time. He’s crazy about it,” Wong said about his son. The Wongs live in Bensonhurst and came along with NYFK Sport Center, a group based on 20th Avenue, which performed during the Night Out.

See the awesome video of Jordan dancing, and our photos from the event.

The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight, July 10, at the Bainbridge Center, 3093 Ocean Avenue.

The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by Captain John M. Chell, the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.

For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.

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