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The 105th Precinct covers an enormous part of Queens — so the NYPD has decided to better split the responsibility by opening the 116th Precinct. (Google Maps)

QUEENS — The new 116th Precinct will reside in southeast Queens and will service Laurelton, Rosedale, and Brookville.

The area is currently being serviced by the 105th Precinct, which covers 12.7 square miles with 354 miles of roadways, including seven major highways. That makes it the fourth largest precinct in the City.

In 2007, the 105th Precinct established a local substation to help cover southern Queens. Mayor de Blasio added 24/7 coverage there and expanded staffing in February 2016, including an additional 18 officers and 2 sergeants.

“By creating a separate command within this area the NYPD will be able to provide more localized service to the community,” NYPD Commissioner Bratton said.

The new station will cost an estimated $70,000,000 from the Capital budget.

It will help address the increase in population in southern Queens and will help reduce response time.

The Department aims to “work with the community” to decide on the precinct’s location.

“Our investment in a new 116th precinct will address community needs, help reduce response times, and bring an additional police presence to the fast-growing neighborhoods in Southeast Queens,” Mayor de Blasio said.