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The last leg of the five-borough “Still We Rise NYC Human Justice Summit” will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the New Jerusalem Worship Center, 122-05 Smith St. on the corner of Baisley Boulevard in South Jamaica.

The police summit will feature clergy, local members of the community and the top brass of the New York Police Department, including Commissioner James P. O’Neill.

The boroughwide police tour was the brainchild of the Rev. Que English, the founder of the New York City Clergy Roundtable, a nonprofit in which grass-roots religious leaders work with civic leaders and local agencies to tackle social problems.

Her hope for the summit was to improve relations between the African-American community and police officers.

“The whole purpose of this is to build bridges and not burning them,” English said. “A lot of times, we on both sides judge without listening and without hearing.”

English believes it is necessary for the black community and police officers to have a better communal relationship.

“At the end of the day, we will always coexist,” English said. “It was important to have this dialogue in the city in order to assure that public safety was viewed as a shared responsibi­lity.”

The Rev. Dr. Calvin Rice, a senior pastor at New Jerusalem who grew up in Staten Island and attended that borough’s police summit last month, said he found that one “very informative” and was looking forward to learning how officers plan on addressing issues specific to Queens.

“This is something that will benefit the community,” Rice said, “I want them to be aware of it.”

At the Staten Island summit, Rice said, he was impressed by the police officers’ programs to reach youths and their new approach to policing.

“They have taken kids out to the police range to let them see what police do,” Rice said. “They have a police cadets program, and they are making a real effort to recruit more African-American policemen to serve in their own communities.”

Rice was also pleased with Commissioner O’Neill’s use of precision policing and the Neighborhood Coordination Officer initiative.

“The commissioner seems to have a hands-on kind of approach,” Rice said. “I want to hear what they have geared towards this area and the borough. It seems like this commissioner has given them the leeway to design their own policing based on what issue is plaguing each neighborho­od.”

Rice added, “Everyone needs shoes, but they all come in different sizes.”

The doors open at 9 a.m., and people are encouraged to arrive by 9:45.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by email at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Posted 12:00 am, January 29, 2018
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THINK from Queens says:
Good to have that in the crime ridden and crime infested South Jamaica, home of hood rats, criminals, drug dealers, gang bangers, homeless derelicts and inept, crooked and do nothing elected officials of that area, including many of your A-hole do nothing "church leaders".
Jan. 29, 9:43 am
Ha from South Queens says:
Ghetto Jamaica, land of shootings, mugging, rape, assault, theft and every other ghetto nonsense you can think of. In other words a major SH*THOLE community.
Jan. 29, 2:05 pm
Kathryn Ruffins from South Jamaica says:
As someone who's lived in this community 45 of my almost 63years of life, yes South Jamaica has had it's problems but the majority of residents are hard working, law abiding citizens who only want the best for thier family and community. The ignorance of the previous two posts makes me wonder if they have any real knowledge of the community. Are they really aware of what we're doing or are they dishing out rumor and enuendo? I think they are ignorant of the majority of the population here and what had happened here since Nicky Barnes and crew were arrested in the mid 80's. Making assumptions makes an A** out of you.
Jan. 30, 10:28 pm
Jimmy Smitty from South Jamaica says:
AND as someone who used to live there for 52 years and has since moved out of NY, yes, Kathryn, there are many hard working people in the South Jamaica and Jamaica area, no doubt, BUT please don't ignore the facts that it is still a BAD area of crime, drugs, rapes, murder and shootings almost every week and this is due to the criminal element that is very pervasive in this area and the elected officials and church leaders who DO NOTHING to help improve the area or address the many quality of life issues. Then there is the filth. Do you ever walk around Kathryn, garbage all over the place even in nice Roy Wilkins Park, mattresses dumped on sidewalks/streets and all put there by many slobs people in the area. So yes, many hard working people who live there, BUT do ignore the many BAD issues that affect the area. Want me to name all the people who have been killed or shot at or arrested for shootings just in the past 5 years. No assumptions were being made, those people commenting must know the area pretty well, because that is how the area is. THEN don't forget all the homeless shelters in the area (26 ), not counting all the group homes, you know the kind of group homes, where those three punks brutally raped that mother of two from Brooklyn that was head home from her church (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/woman-savagely-raped-robbed-leaving-queens-church-article-1.3321475). THAT was in South Jamaica along with all the other criminal activities that take place there.

It is people like you who want to continue to ignore the major problems in the area that causes the area to continue to be a bad area.

Glad I retired and finally moved out of the area, that used to be a nice area when I was young, but went down hill in the 60's and while it is not as bad as the awful 80's there, IT IS STILL BAD.
Jan. 31, 7:35 am
p from south east qnz says:
joe moretti when did u change your name to think?
Feb. 1, 11:04 pm
James Moore from South Jamaica says:
What the h*ll you talking about p from south east qnz. That boy moretti moved out of the area several months ago, he is not even around anymore. I guess people have nothing better to do. As someone who lives in South Jamaica, maybe YOU should do something to better the area than to post idiot comments when you don't even know what the deal is. So tell me what are you doing for the betterment of our community and that includes SE queen.
Feb. 2, 4:56 pm
P from south east qnz says:
heyyy you're not james moore you're joe moretti..and i know you didnt leave joe ooops! i mean "james" you would never leave jamaica..its all you know
Feb. 2, 5:39 pm
P from south east qnz says:
and stop changing your name joey
Feb. 2, 5:41 pm
Rosie from lic says:
To this p person. Why would somene who had a blog about Jamaica and use his name and always use his name whenever he made comments all of sudden use a different name. Makes as much sense asyou do. I think you need to get some hoobby. AND STOP WASTING SPACE WITH YOUR SICKNESS. inf act many of you stick to the subejedt of the article
Feb. 2, 7:15 pm
p from southeast qnz says:
hhhmmm i find it odd that all of these random peope are speaking for joe moretti..could it be that all of these people ARE joe moretti???
Feb. 3, 12:54 pm
Rosie from lic says from Queens says:
You seriously need help p from southeast queens. I am certainly not random. I have been active in my community in lic for years after and was a follower of the clean up jamaica blog til it ended and read this newspaper blog all the time. And who is speaking for him, except for you constantly plugging his name in every comment. You are the one that keeps speaking for him. What you have a "thing" for him, is that it. I guess the saying "absent makes the heart grow fonder". I think you are in luv with someone..................
Feb. 3, 5:24 pm
p from southeast qnz says:
WHAT you talkin bout Rosie??????>
Feb. 4, 7:30 am
tboy from jamaica says:
All you comment people here are idiots, don't you all have better things to do. None of your comments have anything to do with the damn article. Take your little childish rants and shove them. That is the problem with these comments, TL just lets anyone post anything. START MONITORING TL.
Feb. 4, 7:33 am
joey moreti from new York says:
Oh No He he Di'int
Feb. 4, 7:55 am
p from southeast qnz says:
joe i like how you're posting comments under my name, nice try but i dont even talk like that..you need mental help seriously
Feb. 4, 10:25 am
Obession 101 from Queens says:
why is the p character so obessed wiht this moretti person. jeez he writes about him enough. go out on a date with him if you are that fasinated by him. you seem to have a thing for him. I mean you wrote about him like five times here. talk about needin metnal help. maybe you are him, since you keep mentioning him. enough, go out on a date with him
Feb. 4, 11:57 am
Ronald Thomas from Rosedale says:
While some of you are obviously posting junk here, many of us who actually live in the community work hard, raise families and take care of our homes. Sure, there are issues in our community, like many other communities, but we do our best to make our community decent and clean, and a place to call home, as in a homeowner, and we don't need people who don't live here making nasty comments or just writing junk because you have nothing better to do with your lives. So why don't some of you volunteer with organization or your churches and help make a better community instead of being like little kids on a playground teasing each other. Be grown-up adults.
Feb. 4, 12:15 pm
HA HA from Se Queens says:
What, no more homo-erotic messages from that pee character, that has nothing do do with this article
Feb. 11, 8:40 am

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