The precinct, which covers Howard Beach, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, didn't receive rookie officers straight out of the academy but “Impact Zone” officers, who come in more knowledgeable given that they have worked in parts of the city with high crime.
A police source wouldn't say whether all of the new crop of officers will be assigned to the recently-opened New York City Resorts World Casino, but it is something that some in the community are hoping for, including Senator Joe Addabbo.
“While I am grateful for the additional officers that have finally been assigned to the 106th Precinct, I will continue to advocate for more officers, due to the increase in business at Resorts World at Aqueduct,” he said in a statement issued last week.
Currently, four of the officers have been assigned by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to cover the racino on weekends, a move which Addabbo said he appreciates.
“It will be helpful in assuring the safety and quality of life for my constituents,” he said.
According to the precinct, crime in areas around the casino is low but it has impacted other areas which the precinct covers. Grand Larceny has increased 35 percent in 2012 compared to the same period last year. The precinct is hoping that the new crop of officers will help decrease those numbers.