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Through changes of commanding officers and watching violent crime plummet over the past dozen years, Patricia Reddock remains a pillar in the East Flatbush community.
This steadfast nature was put to the vote recently leading to Reddock to be sworn in for her sixth two-year term as president of the 67th Precinct Community Council.
“There are two groups of people in the community, community leaders and community activists,” said Reddock.
“Community leaders are those people who learn what’s happening, and try to educate the community as to what’s happening. Then they try to get the community and cops to understand each other,” she added.
Reddock said the community activists often create more problems than they solve, because activists tend to go against the reality of what is actually happening.
“Activists are not trying to calm a situation, but instead are aggravating and creating more problems,” Reddock said.
Reddock said a case in point is the need for more police officers in the precinct.
“It’s getting harder now because we are losing so many police officers. We’re losing them to promotions and retirement,” said Reddock, adding that precincts throughout the city are losing manpower.
“We would like to see more, but we will have to do the best with what we have. It is what we’re given from One Police Plaza [NYPD headquarters],” she said.
Reddock did say the 67th Precinct could use an Impact Zone – areas in some precincts that are deemed higher crime, and are then flooded with more of a police presence.
Around the Flatbush Gardens housing development and in the East 90s off of Church Avenue would be ideal areas for Impact zones, said Reddock.
While Reddock said the police are doing the best they can, she also said that official statistics don’t tell the whole story about crime in East Flatbush.
The statistics talk about the precinct as a whole and not different sections, and thus, one section might have a higher incidence of robbery, but it’s not reflected in the overall crime statistics, she said.
Reddock said that is all the more reason why local residents have to show up at the monthly community council meetings and voice their complaints.
If people have problems, they need to talk to the precinct’s community affairs department or the commanding officer Dep. Inspector Corey Pegues, said Reddock.
Reddock said relations between the community and the 67th Precinct have come a long ways over the years, and credits the partnership in fighting crime that the two entities have forged.
“The community has to be the eyes and ears to the police, and relations between the two are now very good. When I first joined the council in 1985, it was not like this. Now to hear the community giving praise to different police officers is a joy to hear,” said Reddock.
“We have a good community here, and people want a good place to live and raise their family.”
©2008 Community Newspaper Group
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