None of the 250 NYPD rookies who threw up their gloves in celebration at their graduation late last month will be showing up for work at the 63rd Precinct anytime soon, this paper has learned.
They will instead be dispatched to walk the beat in various Impact Zones — or high-crime areas — throughout the city, the closest of which are located in the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush and the 70th Precinct in Flatbush, officials said.
Yet there is still hope that some of the officers currently in the Impact Zones will matriculate down to commands without Impact Zones, although NYPD sources don’t believe that those bodies will show up within the next year.
“Right now, we have new officers who have been in the Impact Zones upwards of two years or more,” said one NYPD source. “It’s like high school: we have freshman, sophomore, junior and senior officers in the Impact Zones, but they’re still waiting for more graduates before anyone can move on to other commands.”
The Impact Zones, which are being considered highly successful, have sucked up all of the 25 graduates that were sent to Patrol Borough Brooklyn South at the end of December, officials note.
Brooklyn South is expected to get even fewer graduates from the next class, since only 113 were sworn in on January 11.
Cops at the Brooklyn Avenue station house will have to do more with less, something that Inspector Frank Cangiarella and his team have been doing for some time.
Without the additional manpower, the precinct saw a 10 percent drop in felonies in 2009, Cangiarella noted.
“It was a team effort,” Cangiarella said. “When we saw a problem, we addressed it quickly. It was a team concept with Brooklyn South, the housing police and the community.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that the last graduating class was “among the most diverse to have ever graduated from the academy.”
Approximately 33 percent of the graduates are Hispanic, 15 percent are black, 12 percent are Asian and 40 percent are white. Approximately 22 percent of the graduates are female.