An eager, no-nonsense cop was honored for a superb arrest that police say is becoming a rarer event than in the past -- thanks to a decrease in crime.
During a gathering at Community Board 12 on 13th Avenue, members of the 66th Precinct Community Council congratulated Police Officer Kevin Agudelo, who was responsible for apprehending a rough-and-tumble mugger that had attacked and robbed a woman on 39th Street near and 10th Avenue back in June.
Inspector Peter DeBlasio, the commanding officer of the 66th Precinct, said that Agudelo and his partner were on patrol when they were dispatched to respond to the robbery.
But when they got there, the thief had already run off.
“She [the victim] was shaken up and had gotten hurt,” said DeBlasio. “But Agudelo and his partner took their time with her and got a great description of the suspect.”
The description was forwarded to all of the cops in the command but it was Agudelo and his partner who, a short time later, spotted the thief in the area.
The mugger was apprehended without incident, said DeBlasio, as he gave Agudelo a special “Cop of the Month” award for his outstanding police work.
“This command is down in robberies thanks to officers like Kevin,” said DeBlasio. “He’s had two years on the job and he’s eager to get out there and arrest the bad people.”
DeBlasio explained that it’s becoming more and more difficult to beat past successes.
But that doesn’t mean they’re not trying.
“Crime is down and there’s less and less of it out there,” he said. “We’re arresting the right people and they’re staying in prison, so the police department is going to finish down again in crime.”
According to NYPD CompStat figures, crime in the 66th Precinct was down by 1.6 percent this year.
Robberies in the 66th Precinct, which protects residents in Borough Park, Kensington and parts of Midwood, have dropped by 12.4 percent for the year as of September 13, although the precinct has seen slight up-ticks in assault (by 3.9 percent) and burglary (which saw an increase of 5.5 percent).
With reduced crime and lower resources, cops are responding more like firefighters than cops to incidents.
“When you have fire, we move our resources over to it,” he said, adding that the precincts with fewer crooks to catch have been focusing on quality of life issues.