After taking over as commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct in November 2017, Deputy Inspector Courtney Nilan led her precinct to a 14.4 percent drop in crime in 2018, the second largest crime decrease in the city just behind the Central Park Precinct.
For the precinct serves Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and a portion of Ozone Park, that means there were 134 fewer people who were victims of major crimes.
“A lot of times people are skeptical of statistics,” Nilan said, “but that 14.4 percent crime decrease is in major crimes like robberies, burglaries, grand larcenies and stolen cars.”
The precinct saw extreme reductions in robberies and burglaries, which decreased 29 percent and 33 percent for the year. And while many precincts saw a rise in grand larceny, thanks in part to identity thefts and other scams, the 102nd Precinct actually dropped by 7 percent.
Homicides also reduced by 66 percent, from six in 2017 down to two in 2018.