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Mount Vernon Police Boost Presence In Community

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Hoping to curb crime in the city, the Mount Vernon Police Department opened a subprecinct in the basement of 70 S. 3rd St. in the Levister Towers complex Thursday.

The purpose is to send police officers into the community to work with residents to stop crime, Mayor Ernie Davis said. Thus far in 2012, 21 shootings have been reported in Mount Vernon. The subprecinct will only work if the residents work with the police to prevent crime, Davis said.

“If we don’t work together the criminals win,” he said. “But if we work together, they will have to find somewhere else to work their trade. We’ll have more cops on the street, but that won’t stop the problem unless residents correspond with the police. It’s common sense.”

The city's top priority is safety, City Council President Roberta Apuzzo said, adding that if residents work with police officers, their quality of life will improve. The location was chosen because it is in the “heart” of Mount Vernon near the Doles Center, the 4th St. playground and the fire department headquarters, Commissioner Carl Bell said.

“This new location is a key component to make the community safer,” Bell said.

The subprecinct is long overdue, Councilman Richard Thomas said. It will intensify the city’s efforts to keep illegal handguns, drugs and other criminal activity out of the community, he said.

“By going back to the basics of strong foot patrol, we will not only save on gas, but the police will earn the trust and respect of the residents while enhancing public safety,” Thomas said.

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