72nd Precinct auxiliary cops feted

May 22, 2013 Denise Romano
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The 72nd Precinct’s auxiliary officers were the stars of the 72nd Precinct Community Council meeting held on Tuesday, May 14.

All 15 officers who volunteer their time to keep the community safe were given awards by Tony Christo, the auxiliary chief of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

“We wanted the community to know what our auxiliary did during Hurricane Sandy,” Christo said.

Chief Owen Monaghan, the newly appointed commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, also visited the 72nd Precinct that evening.

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“I’m proud to be a part of the great work of the 72nd Precinct, but this is Captain Grant’s show,” Monaghan said. “He has a great reputation at [NYPD] headquarters and [throughout the] borough. I look forward to working closely with everyone here.”

Those who were honored are: Auxiliary Deputy Inspector Bruno Ruiz, Auxiliary Sergeant Louis Maldonado and Auxiliary Sergeant Carlos Hernandez, as well as Auxiliary Police Officers Ahmen Osman, Jose Perez, Yesenia Brava, Ramon Roman, Angelina Morales, Shu Cheng, Miguel Chacon, Miguel Feliciano, Rachid Daifi, Thomas Fletcher, Richard Cassidy and Giovanni Diyare.

Captain James Grant, commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct, told residents that although serious crimes were down, other quality of life issues such as auto thefts and grand larcenies are increasing.

“Lots of motorcycles have been stolen. An auto larceny unit will be deployed next week,” he said, adding that the crews are equipped with special scanners that can detect stolen cars and license plates.

Grant also spoke about unattended property left in vehicles being stolen.

“People continue to park their vehicles with wallets in them. It’s a crime of opportunity,” Grant explained. “These are low-level junkies who walk around and need a fix. They see a wallet, credit card, GPS…if you have a GPS don’t stick it in the windshield.”

The next 72nd Precinct Community Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the stationhouse on Fourth Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets. The council will go on break during July and August, and meetings will resume again in September.

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