Nov, 23, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
Jackson Heights residents will have the chance to voice their opinions over the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy this weekend at a forum hosted by the Mayor’s office, just days after Mayor Bill De Blasio said the city would not change its current position on the police tactic.
The forum in Jackson Heights will be held on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center at 37-06 77th Street, and is part of a series of similar forums all over the city in the last few months.
There has been heightened interest in these types of meetings since Donald Trump won the general election, since he promised to increase stop and frisk while on the campaign trail. De Blasio spoke in response to these concerns on Monday, promising to reject any mandate imposed by the new administration for more aggressive stop and frisk policing.
“We’ve long understood that stop and frisk is a concern for many New Yorkers, and it is about us creating a space with community partners where people feel comfortable talking about experiences and concerns,” said a spokeswoman for the Mayor’s office.
“It will be a place to air concerns but also to bring the community and the police together,” the spokeswoman added. “Police representatives will be present at the forum, and the whole idea is that the conversation not happen in a vacuum, but that there is an actual dialogue.”
The forum will also allow community members a space to brainstorm and suggest solutions or adjustments to community policing, in addition to sharing concerns or asking questions.
The Mayor’s office has partnered with several community organizations for the event to keep the conversation going within the community, including Desis Rising Up & Moving, Chhaya CDC, Queens Neighborhoods United, Friends of Diversity Plaza, Make the Road NY, and the Joint Remedial Process Team.