By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A veteran cop at the 13th Precinct who helped roll out the recently launched community policing program was recognized for his service on Tuesday.
Police Officer John Considine, who has worked for the NYPD for the last 16 years, received the award at the monthly meeting held by the 13th precinct Community Council from Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, the precinct’s commanding officer.
“This is for all his hard work and for helping with the NCO (Neighborhood Coordinating Officer) rollout, which was a success,” Hellman said. “He’s selfless, hardworking, committed, any good adjectives you can think of, they all describe John,” Hellman added.
Considine has been at the 13th Precinct for his entire tenure so far with the NYPD since starting on patrol in July 2002. After being on patrol, he joined the grand larceny team and later worked with the crime and crime prevention units before joining community affairs.
Regarding the recently-community policing, Hellman said that the new program was responsible for a recent drop in crime in the neighborhood.
“Grand larceny is still our biggest problem but since the program started (at the beginning of October), we’re down about 13 percent in crime overall,” he said. “It’s just slowly been going down. There haven’t been any robberies involving ACS (Administration for Children’s Services) kids lately and that was giving us a lot of trouble before.”
Hellman noted that crime has gone down about 19 percent during the last week, and has decreased about 18 percent during the last 28-day period. Crime has however increased 13.5 percent overall for the year so far. Hellman said this is primarily due to grand larceny, which includes the theft of unattended items.