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Thursday, April 13, 2017

NYPD 114 Precinct Roosevelt Island Community Policing Policy In Effect - Neighborhood Coordination Officers To Build Stronger Relationship With Community Says Precinct Commander

With summer approaching, some Roosevelt Island residents of Roosevelt Landings are becoming increasingly concerned with teenagers and young adults loitering, smoking marijuana and causing trouble in the hallways of the buildings. According to a Roosevelt Landings resident:

Here we all go once again.  The summer months are upon us all - and low & behold the gangs are slowly starting to congregate in the hallways . Since Friday alone PSD was notified (16) times as it relates to these young kids being allowed to just loiter in the buildings without being asked to leave.
Concern grew upon the possibility that NYPD's 114 Precinct community patrol officer assigned exclusively to Roosevelt Island was removed.

Yesterday, I asked

NYPD 114 Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune:
I've been told that Roosevelt Island no longer has a 114th NYPD Community Police Officer assigned exclusively for Roosevelt Island.

Is that true? If true, why?

In 2011, the NYPD 114 Precinct Commander fulfilled a promise to assign a full time Community Office to Roosevelt Island.

Deputy Inspector Fortune replied:
The 114th Precinct went to the new module of community based policing in October 2016. This module of policing is broken down into Steady Sector Officer's, Neighborhood Coordination Officer's (NCO's) and response auto's.

Roosevelt Island is zoned in Sector David (sectors are defined zones within a command) and has two (2) permanent NCO's assigned to cover that sector.

Steady sectors are given several hours a tour "off-patrol" time, meaning they attend community based meetings, conduct community outreach, or whatever else specific to their sector needs to be addressed. The NCO's are tasked with coordinating with the residents in their sector, such as; attending community based meetings, identifying specific community issues, formulating solutions to those problems, just to name a few.

We have held several "roll out" meetings, and still trying to get more community residents engaged in the program. So the short answer to your questions, is the information you received is not true.

Roosevelt Island not only has two (2) Officers or NCO's assigned, they now have steady sector cops patrolling the area as well. This means the same cops patrolling the Island on a regular basis... This allows for stronger relationships between my officers and the residents of Roosevelt Island....

... The NYPD 114 precinct NCO office # 718-626-2708

NCO's assigned to Roosevelt Island:

PO Keith Matthes (

PO Joseph Esposito (
Deputy Inspector Fortune encourages Roosevelt Island residents to get to know the NCO's assigned to our community and let them know about specific problems and issues.

Sector David covers from 21 Street to Vernon Boulevard, Astoria park South to Queens Plaza North and all of Roosevelt Island.

Image From Astoria Post

During the January 25, 2017 Roosevelt Island Community Discussion on Public Marijuana Smoking, our NCO Police Officer Keith Matthes said:

Here's an example of how NYPD Neighborhood policing

works in a Queens housing project.

Let's see how it works on Roosevelt Island.

UPDATE 4/14 - Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal adds:
We have been informed that the NYPD 114th precinct is currently reorganizing to expand their community policing program to additional neighborhoods which will affect Roosevelt Island.

The tours for Officers Joseph Esposito and Keith Matthes, Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) assigned to Roosevelt Island, have been expanded to include 21st Street to R.I. and Astoria Park South to Queensboro Bridge. Although the island will continue to have a NYPD presence, the change will affect the frequency of our NCO’s on the island. Officers Matthes and Esposito will continue to be available for community meetings and as needed. To help with this transition and to properly provide the community with continued dialogue, the 114th precinct will host a community meeting on May 25th at 7 PM at the Queens Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21st Street.

Residents will also now have the option to contact NYPD by email to discuss any policing issue. Sgt. Brian Andruszkiewicz, is creating an email account which R.I. residents can use to communicate with the NYPD. In the interim, if you are interested in receiving emails from the 114th precinct, please send an email to Your information will be forwarded to Sgt. Andruszkiewicz.”


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