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Police to increase patrol for Halloween, often a high-crime night

Brian Hennessy

Brian Hennessy

Oct. 22, 2015 By Michael Florio

Halloween is a day that brings out trick-or-treaters and, at times, criminals.

Last Halloween there were six gunpoint robberies along Northern Blvd between 11:30 pm and 2 am, according to the commanding officer of the 115th Precinct Brian Hennessy.

Hennessy said that Halloween has often been used as a day for gang initiations and this can lead to an increase in gang-related crime.

In lieu of the potential uptick, the precinct is gearing up to increase its patrol Oct. 31, Hennessy said.

“We will have many officers stationed out that night,” he said.

However, some of the precinct’s cops may be deployed to handle other events.

For instance, some officers might be used to help patrol the Mets game, since game 4 of the World Series is scheduled to take place at Citi Field on Halloween night. Also, the precinct has to cover the 37th Avenue Halloween parade during the day.

Despite this, Hennessy said there would still be an increase of officers on duty.

“There will be an ample amount of officers,” he said. “They will be spread in our problematic areas.”

Hennessy could not specify how many officers additional cops there will be, or where they will be stationed. He said he would know these delays once he finds out how many cops will be deployed for the Mets game.

“It all depends on our other details, such as the parade and the Mets,” he said. “But there will be additional officers out there.”

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You really need to patrol northern blvd. especially from 82 to at least 8th Street. So many bars and they are very rowdy.


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