Councilwoman Liz Crowley, State Senator Joe Addabbo, Assemblyman Mike Miller and Congressman Bob Turner attended the meeting to wish the association (GPOA) a happy birthday and welcome its members into the new year.
Officer Thomas Bell from the 104th Precinct Community Affairs office also attended the meeting to update Glendale residents on crime that occurred in the area in 2011.
Turner, who is originally from the Woodhaven/Richmond Hill area, presented a plaque to GPOA President Brian Dooley and said he recently celebrated his 100th day in Congress.
“It's an interesting time in the life of the republic as well as in Congress, we've got a lot to do,” Turner said. “Briefly, we have to save the republic from ourselves, and we're setting our mind to that.”
Turner said his office is fully staffed for constituent services, and it recently finished going through a backlog of 4,000 complaints and problems that piled up during the three months the area wasn't served in Congress.
He said his office gets roughly 400 complaints a week.
“I wanted to come by and let you know, we're on the job, we're on the case,” Turner said. “My office is open and we're here to serve and represent you.”
Before the other elected officials presented their citations, Bell spoke to the crowd about recent crime statistics and addressed recent concerns over the disappearance of a temporary headquarters vehicle. Bell said the vehicle was taken off the street for routine repairs.
Bell said the 104th Precinct is one of the only precincts in North Queens that has its own headquarters vehicle, most make use of one that is assigned to the entire borough. The vehicle was donated to the precinct by the community, he said.
“It's just another way that we have eyes and ears out there on the street,” Bell said. “We usually move it around to different parts of the command.”
For example, the vehicle was stationed recently in Glendale to address a pattern of robberies in which motorcyclists were targeting women – which Bell said was an issue throughout the 104th Precinct's jurisdiction.
As for Glendale's 2011 crime statistics, Bell said there was one rape, which was reported to the precinct months after it occurred.
There were also three robberies and two arrests made in connection to them, he said. There were also three burglaries, one that occurred while a resident was on a cruise, and another involving the theft of jewelry on Christmas Eve.
There were also three felony assaults, Bell said, which were all domestic.
The area with the most crime was grand larceny, which he said is common, because it encompasses a wide range of thefts.
Five of the larcenies involved the stealing of tires and rims off vehicles, and Bell suggested residents get tire locks and turn their tires toward the street to make them more difficult to steal.
Two of the larcenies were credit card thefts and another was a stolen purse, Bell said.
In conclusion, he encouraged residents to call 911 any time there appears to be an emergency.
“You know your neighbors, if you see someone that doesn't belong, call us,” Bell said. “Don't think you're bothering us.”