NYPD focusing on quality of life with Community Link
The NYPD spotlighted a new service Friday that will directly link community leaders and city agencies with ongoing quality-of-life issues.
The Community Link initiative offers targeted services and has already taken on 93 operations to date, seizing nearly 8,000 illegal dirt bikes and ATVs across the boroughs.
The program has received 270 complaints, ranging from parking and vehicle issues to drug-related incidents and illegal vending concerns. The criteria for complaints is that the quality-of-life issues have to persist over time despite previous city agencies or precinct efforts.
Community Link holds bimonthly community meetings with borough coordinators to ensure that precincts are aware when issues arise. Officials are hoping this program will streamline communication between community members and officials.
“The borough coordinators are following up with the people who are making these complaints… often when people call 911, 311… they never know what comes of the complaint. Now we are ensuring follow-up on these individuals,” said NYPD Inspector William Glynn.
The NYPD also discussed some recent successes through the initiative, including a structure being cleared out that contained propane tanks in Park Slope.