From the Daily News:
Cops in south Queens formed a unit early this year to combat out-of-control house parties, and some elected officials are giving the NYPD a thumbs-up for crashing them before they turn deadly.
The new initiative - which began around the same time as a spate of shootings in Springfield Gardens - deploys more officers to the scene of raging revelers, cops said.
"Because of the violence and what can emanate from these parties, we had to move it up in priority," said Assistant Chief James Secreto, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South.
"Having lived out here," the Queens native said, "I know how important it is to curb these parties before they get out of hand."
The growing trend of homeowners renting out their backyards for wild blowouts - along with partygoers' use of the Internet to broadcast invites - have led to more potential for violence in the summer months, officials said.
"We have [patrol] cars that monitor these parties," Secreto said, adding that any hint of hazard warrants a call to the unit.
"They call to the borough, and we'll get the resources they need out there," Secreto said, adding that it doesn't take much for a low-key affair to take a turn for the worse.