BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn – Deborah Crump can remember a time when joining the Sumner Houses Tenant patrol was a point of pride.
But these days - it’s a chance she says many are not willing to take.
“I think more programs - programs that's been missing from this community for a long time. Programs for the youth, such as the after school programs. A lot of stuff has been missing, a lot of stuff has been taken out of the community, and we need more stuff so our young people don't have a lot of idle time,” said Crump.
Several NYPD Officers gathered in front of the New York City Housing development Monday afternoon handing out flyers offering a reward for illegal handguns.
But starting next month, this reactive presence will be supported with a proactive approach.
Neighborhood Coordination Officers - or NCO’S will be permanently assigned to various areas here in Bed-Stuy, in neighborhoods across the city.
After two recent shootings here at the Sumner Houses, fellow resident Rosalyn says the new plan to beef up community policing is certainly a step in the right direction.
“Lately there have been a lot of shootings and things going that make you feel not too comfortable being out," said Rosalyn, who also lives in the Sumner Houses.
The ultimate challenge - engaging with at risk youth who are in danger of heading down the wrong path.
An NYPD spokesperson tells PIX11: “Neighborhood Coordination Officers will have more "off radio" time to interact with the local community, including the many young residents of the 79th Precinct.”