By COLlive reporter
After community demands for a stronger police presence following several recent attacks, police officials have detailed the steps that they will be taking to address the issue and ensure greater security in the area.
At a meeting at the 71 Precinct in Crown Heights, Vaad Hakohol Chairman Zaki Tamir, CHJCC Vice President Chanina Sperlin, and Executive Director Eli Cohen met with 71st Precinct Commander Frank Giordano to discuss increased police coverage.
Also present at the meeting were Community Affairs Officer Vinny Martinos and Pinny Ringel from Mayor Bill Deblasio‘s office.
At the meeting, the NYPD informed that there will be six additional patrol cars every day in the areas that have experienced the most incidents, with additional officers assigned to Kingston Avenue on foot.
Light towers will be placed at strategic locations to further deter potential attacks, they said.
The Hate Crimes Task Force and local detective squads are pursuing an active investigation to apprehend the perpetrators of recent attacks in the Crown Heights neighborhood, including a mugging at knifepoint, a Jewish man punched and thrown to the ground and a man punched in the chest.
Wanted posters have been created and are being distributed in an attempt to catch the perpetrators.
Police officials also expressed their appreciation of the work of the Crown Heights Security Patrols in assisting them, both in identifying suspects and in providing video and other evidence.
Also this week, NYPD 71st Commanding Officer Frank Giordano and Community Affairs Officer Vinny Martinos met with Police Liaison Devorah Halberstam to discuss local security concerns.
Starting next week, when over 2,000 women and girls will begin arriving in Crown Heights for the Kinus Hashluchos convention, there will be several additional patrols assigned to the neighborhood, Martinos told COLlive.
“Our concern is to make sure to keep everyone safe during this time,” Martinos said. “We are making sure to secure all targets, and bringing in extra resources such as high tech equipment, security dogs, and extra resources that we have available,” he said.
The annual women’s convention is always a concern for the NYPD, with police working closely with Kinus organizers to make sure visitors and residents are protected and safe.
Community leaders will be meeting again with police personnel in a few days to further evaluate the situation and work on a more long term security plan, the CHJCC confirmed.