Lt. Elliot Colon (second from left), the 83rd Precinct’s special operations coordinator, received an award from 83rd Precinct Community Council President Barbara Smith (at right) for his work at the command. Also honoring him were Deputy Inspector Steven Capasso (left), the precinct’s commanding officer, and Assistant Chief James Essig of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North. (photo: Sam Goldman)
Also honoring him were Deputy Inspector Steven Capasso (left), the precinct's commanding officer, and Assistant Chief James Essig of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North. (photo: Sam Goldman) Issues with prostitution and teen crime took center stage atthe 83rd Precinct Community Council's Tuesday, Sept. 20meeting at the precinct's Bushwick stationhouse.
A couple attending the meeting told Deputy Inspector Steven Capasso, the 83rd Precinct's commander, that portions of Bushwick Avenue are having problems with transvestite prostitutes at 3 to 4 a.m. in the morning.
"The other night we came home and got out of our car and it was just a parade," the female half of the couple stated.
noted that the precinct made 206 arrests for prostitution in 2010 and 76 arrests so far this year, and that the precinct conducts sting operations (called "Losing Proposition" operations) on a regular basis.
"We will continue to address that problem anytime, day and night," he
"It's something that we're very aware of."
urged anyone who sees prostitution on their block to call 911.
"We had a pretty decent summer overall," said Deputy Inspector Steven Capasso, the 83rd Precinct's commander.
noted that additional cops assigned to the precinct's IMPACT zones have allowed Capasso
to move his
more experienced officers to other trouble spots in the command.
The end result has been a decrease in shootings year-to-date.
then turned to issues of teen violence on area streets, stating later that there have been recent violent incidents involving 15- to 16- year-olds.
"Our younger people, we would like to give them the opportunity to go in the right direction," he
told the crowd.
"What I'd like for everybody here is [to] reach out to your friends and neighbors that might have teenagers and say that the precinct's a good place to come if you're looking for a group."
"It's about growing up a good adult," said the commander, encouraging parents to enroll their children into groups such as the NYPD Explorers.
"If we get the young people involved in the community and helping out, maybe they will feel a sense of pride in that community."
Capasso also noted that the 83rd Precinct has been working with Transit District 33, which patrols the J, M, Z and L train lines, to find teenagers suspected of wrongdoing.