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How you can help improve safety in our community

posted Jan 16, 2013, 1:43 PM by West Block   [ updated Jan 24, 2013, 2:00 AM ]
How many times have you seen something occurring on our street – illegally parked buses, stolen bikes, speeding cars, noise, altercations and asked, "Why is this allowed?" What can we do about this? Is there somewhere we can bring up these issues and get some help? The answer is yes, there are several.

One way to address these issues is to get in touch with your block association (we're also your neighbors). We'll follow up on the issue. You can also reach out directly to elected officials about your concerns--you'll find links and contact information on our "Links" page. But you can also bring these issues directly to NYPD's attention at monthly community council meetings. If you live on the north side of 45th St. your precinct is Midtown North. If you live on the south side of 45th St. your precinct is Midtown South. These public meetings are held every month by every precinct in the city. In our neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, the meetings are held on the following schedule:

- Midtown North Community Council meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 P.M. at The Actor's Temple, 339 West 47th Street.
- Midtown South Community Councel meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m at the New Yorker Hotel on 34th St. 

You can also call their community affairs offices at any time with your concerns:

- Midtown North: (212) 767-8447
- Midtown South: (212) 239-9846

Here's a quick overview of what community council meetings are like, and what to expect if you start going to meetings at your precinct.

What Do Community Council Meetings Have to Do With Livable Streets?
A typical meeting may have residents reporting about noise complaints, illegal drug use, fights or other conflicts, traffic concerns such as speeding cars/trucks, etc. Officers take these concerns very seriously and do their best to address them in a timely manner.

Who Can Attend?
Anyone can attend—the meetings are open to the public. Just show up, sign in, and ask your questions.

Who’s there from the NYPD?
Typically the commanding officer or other high-ranking officer, the community affairs officers, and several "boots-on-the-ground" officers and detectives.

What Good Will It Do?
A public record of the meetings is taken, and there is follow-up. Members of the media are often there taking notes, and the officers know this. Members of the Community Board also attend these councils and look for topics to discuss at their upcoming meetings, and you may be asked to discuss your concerns at a future CB meeting.

What Will I Learn?
You'll meet community leaders and neighbors, learn what is occurring in your community, and learn about crime statistics and useful tips on safety.

The Bottom Line
Issues brought up at Community Council meetings are taken seriously. They get attention, get addressed and get solved. The police do an amazing job in our community, but they can't be everywhere at once. Community involvement is key to good policing and safer neighborhoods.

We hope to see you at next month's meeting!
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