‘National Night Out’  Highlights Police-Community Partnership 106th Precinct Auxiliary force honored at this year’s celebration

‘National Night Out’ Highlights Police-Community Partnership 106th Precinct Auxiliary force honored at this year’s celebration

 Forum Photos by Michael V. Cusenza

By Michael V. Cusenza
Thousands of City police officers and dozens of borough neighborhoods on Tuesday celebrated that unique bond between cop and community at the annual “National Night Out.”
The 106th Precinct and the command’s community council hosted this year’s NNO event at Schneiderman Playground in Lindenwood. Under a clear summer sky, hundreds of families enjoyed myriad activities for children, giveaways, music, food and fun.
The celebration was capped by the presentation of a plaque to the 106th Precinct’s Auxiliary force, one of the largest and busiest in the five boroughs. Last year, its 101 members served more than 16,000 hours – the most by any APO force in the department.
“They’re out here providing extra visible patrols that creates that omnipresence in the community,” Capt. Brian Bohannon, precinct commander, told The Forum. “Again, it’s an all-volunteer force; so I commend them for their service.”
Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic President Joann Ariola noted that the 106th Precinct’s APOs are especially important – now more than ever.
“There are not many commands that can boast a volunteer force that would commit 16,000 hours to patrolling a community,” she said. “That’s why it upsets me to hear groups that purport to patrol, but have nothing to back it up.”
Forum Photos by Michael V. Cusenza

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