By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The Gramercy Park Block Association hosted a pizza party for the officers at the 13th precinct last Thursday to celebrate their service to the community. Arlene Harrison, president of the GPBA, said that she organized the event to foster a relationship with the new members of the precinct.
“There’s such a huge change in personnel and we want the new generation of officers to be aware of our relationship,” she said. “They’re our family and we want the new officers to know about our long relationship with this precinct.”
For their part, officers who aren’t new to the precinct said that they’re appreciative of the work that Harrison does for the NYPD.
“Morale is high when you have people from the community who come in and give extra,” said Detective George Droesch. Droesch has been at the precinct for two and a half years and in the NYPD for the last 14.
Police officer John Considine in community affairs said he appreciates that Harrison always seems to have the best interests of the officers at the 13th precinct in mind.
“She’s like our work mom,” he said.
“It’s so important to know that you have community leaders that are supportive and that’s Arlene,” Detective Ray Dorrian added. “A lot of it is just stopping by and asking how everyone is doing. It means a lot to know that she’s there.”
Harrison said that she was particularly motivated to host a celebration at the precinct because of the recent incidents of violence against law enforcement, specifically in Dallas.
“When they’re hurting, we’re hurting,” Harrison said. “And when you’re stressed, you eat.”