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As noted, the protest was organized by NBRA's Maritza Davila, who was accompanied by members of the law enforcement community including Deputy Inspector John Bambury, commanding officer of the 83rd Precinct, members of the command's Crime Prevention, Community Affairs and Youth units, and representatives of Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. Deputy Inspector Bambury observed that the rally served as a sign of an ongoing transformation in the neighborhood, observing that "this community has turned itself around" over the last several decades "and is going stronger than ever."
Deputy Inspector John Bambury of the 83rd Precinct thanked the New York Fire Department, the New York City Department of Health and other agencies that accompanied police to the house.He said that the Starr Street location has since been sealed up, vacated by the Department of Buildings and sold.The new owner will reportedly gut and renovate the property.Bambury added that 17 prostitution-related arrests have been made since "Operation Clean-Up" began."The reality of it is, we can't stand here and say we've declared victory, but we think it's gotten better," he said.The Brooklyn-based commanding officer also promised that if another den of iniquity pops up anytime soon, his precinct would move in as aggressively as this time."This one was easy because it was in such dilapidated condition," he said.PHOTO CAPTION 3: Deputy Inspector John Bambury, commanding officer of the 83rd Precinct in Brooklyn, received an award from Councilwoman Diana Reyna for his involvement in "Operation Clean-Up."
The previous commanding officer, Deputy Inspector John Bambury, usually addressed criminal complaints, but there hasn't been something this controversial in a while.
Deputy Inspector John Bambury, the precinct's commanding officer, informed residents of the response to the Oct. 9 shooting of 16-year-old Tavin Alves,who was fatally struck inside his Cooper Street apartment,as well as the arrest of the alleged shooter, 29-year-old Sean Gordon.According to Deputy Inspector Bambury, the suspect reportedly pulled out a handgun during the argument and fired several shots into the air.Deputy Inspector John Bambury, commanding officer of the 83rd Precinct, displays the mugshot of a suspected flasher recently arrested by members of the force. In the aftermath of the shooting, Bambury said, members of the precinct,including the 83rd Precinct Detective Squad,converged on the area in a "full court press" in search of the gunman, assisted by various NYPD units and officials including Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, a former commander of the 83rd Precinct.During questioning, Bambury said, the suspect allegedly gave a "full confession" and was later charged with second-degree murder."You let a bullet go, you're responsible for where it lands," he observed.Alves' death was the 10th homicide in the 83rd Precinct year-to-date, Deputy Inspector Bambury reported.Last year, the command saw just four reported murders.The shooting was also reflective of a persistent gun violence problem in the community, the deputy inspector indicated.He urged residents to take part in the NYPD's Operation Gun Stop, whereby a caller can anonymously report anyone suspected of carrying an illegal firearm.Bambury stated that the public can directly make the report to the city's Gun Stoppers hotline at 1-866-GUN-STOP or to the 83rd Precinct, which will then notify the hotline on behalf of the individual.Even so, Bambury reported, the precinct has seen a drop in a number of major felonies throughout the command, including a 21 percent reduction in robberies for the years.Felony assaults, burglaries and auto thefts have also taken a nose dive, while rapes and grand larcenies have held "about even" from similar numbers a year ago."We're not just putting the mission accomplished flag and saying we're done," he observed."We use [the statistics] as a way to track how effective we're [are] ... Crime is down, but we're not done."Deputy Inspector Bambury credited an increase in community involvement with the precinct for the declining crime numbers.He noted that police were able to deter a rumored gang confrontation in the area with additional patrols that were dispatch after an anonymous tipster alerted the precinct to the planned brawl.With Halloween fast approaching, Deputy Inspector Bambury informed the public that the precinct would dispatch additional patrols on Oct. 31 to help keep trick-or-treaters safe while combating potential gang violence.
Also pictured: Mendoza's husband, Bishop Luis Mendoza, Jr. (second from left); her daughter Jaleesa (far right); Deputy Inspector John Bambury, commanding officer of the 83rd Precinct (far left); and Bishop Sarah Johnson (standing behind Mendoza).