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Officer Honored at Precinct Meeting

Crime continues to decline in downtown Brooklyn, thanks to sharp police work from officers in the 84th Precinct.

At an 84th Precinct Community Council, Captain John DiPaolo recognized the work of Officer Teressa McAllister in apprehending two individuals suspected of a robbery near the Brooklyn Bridge, noting it as representative of the work his officers are doing to reduce crime in the district.

On October 2, Officer McAllister was sitting at her post at Pearl and Sands Street when an unidentified woman alerted her to a purse snatching on Pearl Street. She immediately drove down the street and encountered the victim who pointed in the direction that the perpetrators proceeded.

“I apprehended one suspect, called for assistance, placed them under arrest and returned the lady’s bag,” said McAllister.

84th Precinct Community Council President Leslie Lewis, who presented McAllister with a plaque for her service, noted that she was “very professional” in her conduct and did not resort to using violence or a gun in catching the suspect, which is the kind of behavior he expects from 84th Precinct officers.

“She took the training and used it to the end, she remembered all her training, chased him in the car, cut her off in the car, and managed to make both arrests with no wrestling or guns,” said Lewis. “She did it following the book, and that we’re proud of.”

The incident was one of 17 robberies that occurred in the past month, a 50 percent decrease from the 34 that occurred last year of the same period. For the year, there is a 38.4 percent decrease in robberies, part of an 18 percent overall drop in crime in downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, and Boerum Hill. Burglaries are down 26.8 percent, and felony assaults have dropped 16.7 percent too.

Grand larcenies have remained a concern, at 464 so far this year, compared with 511 in 2008, a 9.2 percent decrease. DiPaolo assured members of the community that thefts were being curtailed as the holiday season approaches.

“So far this year we have been very fortunate,” said DePaolo.

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