Pictured: DA Vance speaks at the 34th Precinct’s National Night Out event.
On August 5, 2014, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., joined more than 50 members of the District Attorney’s Office at police precincts and police service areas (“PSAs”) around the borough in celebration of the 31st Annual “National Night Out.” District Attorney Vance visited nine police precincts and PSAs around Manhattan over the course of the evening. Members of the DA’s Community Partnerships and Crime Strategies Units, as well as Assistant District Attorneys from the Trial and Investigative Divisions, volunteered at every site throughout the borough.
National Night Out (“NNO”), “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” is a yearly crime-prevention event designed to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they protect, and highlight local, community-based initiatives to combat crime. It is estimated that more than 36 million people around the country participate in the event each year.
“National Night Out celebrates the community partnerships that are essential to keeping New Yorkers safe,” said District Attorney Vance. “We know that getting criminals off of our streets is not enough – we must work with community members to build lasting relationships that inspire trust in law enforcement. This was my fifth year attending this wonderful event, and I am thankful to the many NYPD precincts that welcomed me last night, as well as for the hard work of the members of my Office that helped staff every site in Manhattan.”
Pictured: A member of the Crime Strategies Unit distributes informational material at the 7th Precinct.
District Attorney Vance visited nine different NNO sites:
• 34th Precinct: Raoul Wallenberg Playground, West 189th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
• 33rd Precinct: Highbridge Park, West 174th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
• 7th Precinct: East Broadway, between Clinton & Jefferson Streets
• 9th Precinct: East 5th Street & Avenue C
• 19th Precinct: Carl Schultz Park, East 84th Street & East End Avenue
• 26th Precinct: Morningside Avenue, between 125th & 127th Streets
• PSA 5: Johnson House Community Center, 1833 Lexington Avenue
• PSA 6: 144th Street, between 7th & Lenox Avenues
• 24th Precinct: Happy Warrior Playground, West 99th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
NNO sites featured family-friendly activities, performances, and presentations tailored to the community at each location. Residents had the opportunity to meet with commanding officers and elected officials from each neighborhood and discuss crime concerns relevant to specific areas of the city, from iPhone and bicycle thefts to gang activity and narcotics trafficking. Deejays, drumlines, dancers, and other talented artists and musicians performed at locations around the borough. Games, face-painting, bounce houses, and horse rides were also available for children at many sites.
Pictured: Kids dancing at the 9th Precinct’s National Night Out event.
Formed by District Attorney Vance in 2010, the Crime Strategies Unit (CSU) uses intelligence-driven technology and information to identify specific issues in different parts of the city and target priority offenders. The Unit, which brings together Assistant District Attorneys, investigators, community liaisons, and intelligence analysts, has played an important part in helping to bring crime in Manhattan to historic lows. To date, the Office’s Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit, in partnership with the NYPD and guided by intelligence from CSU, has brought 14 indictments against 16 different gangs and more than 300 gang members around the borough. In addition, the Office has brought 19 indictments against gun traffickers and taken more than 900 illegal guns off the street.
The District Attorney’s Office is actively involved in our communities and committed to reducing youth violence through community engagement. The Office’s Community Partnerships Unit (CPU) plays an important role in engaging community members and raising awareness. In October 2011, District Attorney Vance launched Saturday Night Lights (SNL), a youth athletic and academic program, with support from the NYPD, DEA, NYCHA, Police Athletic League, and Pro Hoops, Inc. Created in response to the prosecution of gangs that recruited teenagers to carry guns and drugs for gang members, SNL provides professional sports training on weekend nights and academic support during the week. To date, SNL has served more than 3,500 boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 18, and has expanded to 9 locations across Manhattan. To sign up, please call (212) 678-0647, or visit SNL’s website.