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Shootings spark action - Cops name brand-new ‘Impact Zone’

To combat a rash of crimes in the area, a new impact zone has been established in East Flatbush.

The zone is bounded by Remsen Avenue, East 95th Street, Church Avenue and East New York Avenue, explained Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues, the commanding officer of the 67th Precinct, during the October meeting of Community Board 17, which was held in the auditorium of Brookdale University Hospital, 555 Rockaway Parkway.

The precinct is down “only 39 crimes” year to date, Pegues said, “so we needed some help.”

A total of 70 police officers, two lieutenants and four sergeants were assigned to the new impact zone as of October 10th, Pegues said. The officers came from the neighboring 70th Precinct, he added.

The selection of the zone was “based on shootings,” Pegues told his listeners. The precinct is up, year to date, in shootings, with 52 so far in 2008 compared with 44 at this time last year, he said.

There had been 13 shootings so far this year in the area where the impact zone was established, Pegues noted. There were only 63 shootings in the precinct in all of 2007, he said, “so we have got a lot of hard work to match last year,” he stressed.

“We told them, you’re all here for shootings, shootings and more shootings,” he said. “We want them to be on point, to make sure they are vigilant out there.”

In addition, Pegues said, he had selected that area for the impact zone as opposed to another portion of the precinct, where there also had been a number of shootings, because, “We had some robberies up there, we had some burglaries up there, we had a lot of grand larcenies up there. So, hopefully this is going to work for us.”

The goal of the impact zone is “omnipresence,” Pegues said. The officers assigned to the impact zone – who are working in teams of two — have been divided into two groups, one working from noon to 8 p.m. and the other working from 7:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. “When they are out there, they can’t even take a break without having relief,” Pegues stressed.

So far, he added, the establishment of the impact zone seems to be working. “We deployed them last Friday about 6 p.m., and we haven’t had a major crime in the area since,” Pegues reported to the assembled group.

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