Tenants at four housing developments in northern Queens — including the Queensbridge Houses, the nation’s largest — are furious about plans to eliminate an NYPD command assigned specifically to those projects.
They say the 158 officers from Public Service Area 9 have established strong community ties and worked to dramatically cut crime in the developments that house 17,800 people. The housing cops will be reassigned to the local precinct, according to documents obtained by the Daily News.
Residents were baffled, arguing that the switch runs counter to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s focus on “community policing.”
“Why reinvent the wheel?” asked Queensbridge Tenant Association President April Simpson-Taylor. “Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton are always talking about building relationships with the police. We have a great relationship with the police. And now that we have it, they want to take it away?”