19th Precinct Pauses
In Remembrance of Sept. 11
At about 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11, approximately 100 police officers from the 19th Precinct-members of both the departing overnight and the arriving daytime shifts-assembled outside their landmark East 67th Street station house to honor their 23 comrades who died at the World Trade Center last Read More
Bridges and Tunnels Do Not Deter Triborough Crook
While New York is among the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, its dirty little secret (well, at least one of them) is that many of its residents tend to be rather provincial. Many Manhattanites rarely, if ever, set foot in Queens or Brooklyn, let alone Staten Island. And Read More
To Perps, FedEx Truck Is
Grab Bag on Wheels
One perennially popular and generally not-too-risky form of theft involves crooks following a Federal Express or U.P.S. truck. “They’ll pull up behind or in front of the FedEx truck, and they’ll watch the FedEx driver as he’s making his deliveries,” explained Deputy Inspector Howard Lawrence, Read More
NYPD’s Team Lawrence Tackles Hammer-Wielding Protester
One of the World Economic Forum’s most spectacular arrests, a Super Bowl XXXVI–style tackle, was made by none other than Howard Lawrence, the commanding officer of the 19th Precinct. On Sunday, Feb. 3, Deputy Inspector Lawrence was escorting a group of boisterous but well-behaved animal-rights protesters through the Read More
A Dollar And a…Dream?
If you think anthrax-tainted mail is a nightmare, imagine the risks were terrorists to tinker with our currency. That’s the fear that clutched one Fifth Avenue resident on Nov. 3 when she left her building and spotted a $1 bill in front of 925 Fifth Avenue. She reflexively reached down Read More
Some People Can Take No for an Answer
While the city and the nation remain on high alert for the next terrorist attack, some common criminals apparently don’t consider themselves in any peril of falling prey to the heightened security. On Oct. 14, a 29-year-old man was walking home along the Upper East Side Read More
At first glance, the line of boys from the Allen-Stevenson School leaving the 19th Precinct last Monday in their blue blazers and khaki slacks seemed to suggest that things were returning to normal.
School groups would frequently visit the station house in less eventful times for a tour that included the holding cell off the Read More
Space Invader May Get Room Of His Own: A Jail Cell
A certain amount of pushing and shoving is to be expected on Manhattan’s overly congested sidewalks. Nonetheless, the perp locked up by the police on June 18 showed an even greater disregard for the personal space of his fellow citizens than the average Read More
A burglar who impersonates a repair man better darn well make sure something is broken. Otherwise, he might meet the fate of the perp who managed to arouse the suspicions of his intended victim and the police on May 11.
Members of the 19th Precinct Community Policing Unit spotted the alleged thief knocking on the Read More