Comprehensive Community Outreach Tactic to Target Crime and Quality of Life Issues in Yonkers Neighborhoods
YONKERS, NY — July 9, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano along with the Yonkers Police Department today announced the expansion of its Neighborhood Protection Partnership efforts, which include a multi-facetted community outreach tactic to target crime and quality of life issues in local Yonkers neighborhoods. Starting today, the Neighborhood Protection Partnership efforts will expand to the southern portion of the Nodine Hill section of the City, more specifically the areas of New Main Street, Linden, Waverly and Willow Streets. The additional resources will include the Yonkers Police Mobile Command Center and an increased patrol officer presence.
“After the recent acts of violence that occurred this week around the ‘tree streets,’ I’ve asked our police department to organize a comprehensive approach to target the crime and some of the quality of life issues that may have led to the vicious acts,” said Yonkers Mayor Spano. “We will not tolerate senseless acts of violence in our neighborhoods where responsible and hard-working individuals are trying to raise their families in a safe environment. We are enlisting city departments to laser focus on these streets so that our residents can rest easy at night. They deserve nothing less.”
In addition to increased visible patrols and the deployment of the Yonkers Police Mobile Command Center that was placed today on the south side of New Main Street, the Neighborhood Protection Partnership will include increased street and park maintenance and greater enforcements of building code and parking violations. Yonkers Police also will be out with “Stop & Shake,” the popular grassroots campaign to emphasize the positive relationship between police and the entire community with the simple gesture of a hand shake.
Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said, “We believe that an increased police presence of both uniform and plain clothes officers in the area will reduce crime, address quality of life issues and have an overall stabilizing effect on the entire Nodine Hill neighborhood.”
Yonkers remains one of the safest cities of its size in the nation, with crime dropping over 30% during the past three years and 13% since last year. Approved in the recently adopted City budget, Mayor Spano will add several additional officers to foot posts this year.
SOURCE: Christina Gilmartin, Communications Director, Office of the Mayor