The 88th Precinct does not have enough resources to fight crime in Clinton Hill, according to pols and police who spoke at a town hall meeting Wednesday convened by Public Advocate (and Clinton Hill resident) Letitia James. Specifically, it has only 112 officers and three or four squad cars to patrol the area at night.
“The 88th precinct is under-resourced,” a story in DNAinfo quoted James as saying at the meeting at Emmanuel Baptist Church, above. “I’ve discovered recently we only have three or four patrol cars to turn out at night. That’s unacceptable.”
Police respond to shooting at a dry cleaners on the corner of Grand Avenue and Clifton Place in 2014
Twelve of the 15 shootings so far this year — nearly double the number last year in the same period — occurred at the Ingersoll Houses and near Fulton Street, officials continued. No mention was made in the story of the drug dealing hot spot around Grand Avenue and Clifton Place, the site of the recent double shooting that prompted Wednesday’s meeting.
Residents have been complaining about — and Brownstoner has been writing about — drug dealing and violent crime along Grand Avenue for about a decade, at least.
88th Precinct Needs More Officers and Patrol Cars, Pols and Police Say [DNA]
Top photo by Rosa Goldensohn for DNAinfo
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