Police Commissioner James O’Neill attended an Astoria Civic Association meeting on Tuesday night, Dec. 6, where he answered questions from Queens residents.
He also praised the Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) program for building a stronger relationship between officers and communities. Attendees said they would like to see the program in more precincts in Queens, including the 108th Precinct, which covers Long Island City, Woodside and Sunnyside.
The program will be expanding to additional precincts next year but O’Neill said the NYPD needs more officers to bring it to every precinct. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year that 1,300 more officers would be added to the department and that they would help to expand community policing.
“The NCOs, their primary job is to make sure that there’s that connection between the community and the sector cops, said Police Commissioner O’Neill.”
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