BY LUIS GRONDA
More manpower will be coming to the 106th Police Precinct.
The NYPD precinct, which covers Howard Beach, Lindenwood, South Ozone Park and parts of Ozone Park, will get an additional 16 officers who will join the force next week.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) has been pushing for more officers to be added to the patrol. He sent a letter to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly detailing the need for more police in the area and concerns community members have about their safety.
“This is a huge victory for our communities in Lindenwood, Howard Beach and Ozone Park,” Goldfeder said. “We’ve asked repeatedly for more police officers and finally our voices have been heard.
According to NYPD Compstat, which keeps track of several types of crimes in the City, the break ins and grand larceny autos have increased in the 106th by more than 65 percent in the last 28 days, compared to the same time period last year. Felony assault has also doubled this year, while burglary has decreased 39.5 percent compared to 2012.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said he was also elated about more police at the 106th.
“The 16 new, permanent officers at the 106th Precinct will have a direct, positive impact on the safety of the area residents and was certainly needed in a precinct that uniquely deals daily with a casino and a major airport,” he said in a statement.
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