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Housing Bureau | Police Service Area 4
Commanding Officer

Captain John J. Potkay

Commanding Officer's Message

Police Service Area 4 is located at 130 Avenue C (corner of East 8th Street) New York, NY 10009. PSA 4 patrols twenty-five New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in the 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th Precincts in Manhattan. Residents of developments patrolled by PSA 4 number almost 40,000.

The goal of the men and women of PSA 4 is to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for residents of NYCHA developments patrolled by PSA 4. In order to achieve this goal, PSA 4 works in close coordination with the 5th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Precincts and NYCHA. In addition, PSA 4 works in partnership with the community. I would like to thank community leaders in PSA 4 for their unwavering support.

Thank you for visiting the PSA 4 website. I hope you find the information helpful. I would also like to invite you to our monthly Community Council meetings where all members of the public are welcome. Meetings take place at the PSA 4 station house on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. (Meetings are not held during July and August). For information on the Community Council meetings or any other PSA 4 events, please phone the PSA 4 Community Affairs Office at 212-375-9371.



Anti-Auto Theft Program — The Combat Auto Theft (C.A.T.) Program is a voluntary decal program which entails a more aggressive police response to auto theft by authorizing investigative stops of participating vehicles. Vehicle stops are made during the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., on the basis of two identifying decals affixed to both rear and side windows of the automobile.

Operation Commuter C.A.T. — This program operates the same way as the one above. The only difference is you register your vehicle at the precinct where the vehicle will be parked during business hours. Owners will sign a consent form, which certifies to the Department that the auto is not operated between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Help End Auto Theft Program (H.E.A.T.) — H.E.A.T. Is a volunteer decal program, operational twenty-four (24) hours a day. Its aim is to combat auto thefts by providing the Police Department with reasonable suspicion necessary to conduct a vehicle stop and investigation whenever a person apparently under the age of twenty- five (25) is observed operating a vehicle bearing HEAT decals. Owners of motor vehicles who are New York City residents and are above the age of forty (40) may participate in this program.

Operation Identification for Vehicles — The program "Operation Identification for Vehicles" involves marking car radios and other valuable parts with a pen that utilizes invisible ink; this ink can only be seen under "black ultraviolet light" which can be used to identify stolen auto parts.

Operation Identification for Premises —The program "Operation Identification for Premises" involves marking valuables in your apartment with an engraving pen with an easy identifiable number that is registered with New York City Police Department.

VIN Etching — This program consists of etching your vehicles identification number on your auto glass. You can also get a discount on your insurance.

Bicycle Registration Program — Bicycles enrolled in this program shall be marked with the precinct engraving tools, using a three (3) digit number indicating the precinct designation followed by a four (4) digit number, in numerical sequence of enrollment. This program will ensure that a recovered vehicle is returned to its owner.

Counter-Terrorism Program — The NYPD has established an "Anti-Terrorism Hotline." This program has been established to obtain your assistance in identifying terrorism. If you see someone acting in a suspicious manner you can help by placing an anonymous phone call to 1-888 NYC-SAFE. Remember if you see someone acting in a suspicious manner be conscious of their actions and not influenced by their appearance. By calling 1-888 NYC-SAFE (692-7233) reports may be made at any time, day or night. Remember you don't have to leave your name to participate and all calls will be kept confidential.

Law Enforcement Explorers — The Law Enforcement Explorer Program was created to encourage boys and girls between 14 and 20 years of age to consider Law Enforcement as a career goal. It instills self-confidence, discipline, and teamwork in its members. The Explorers learn various Police procedures and participate in various Department events and field trips. If you have a child or know of a child who might be interested in, or may benefit from this program you can contact the PSA Explorer Coordinator.

Auxiliary Police Program — The Auxiliary Police Program enables civic minded individuals between the ages of 17 ½ to 60 to take an active role in ensuring that crime is curbed in their neighborhood. Each officer must attend a rigorous 16-week training program (once a week) that includes topics such as law, police science, social science and self-defense.

Cadet Corps Program – The Cadet Corps provides qualified college men and women with a chance to experience the challenges and personal rewards of a career in the NYPD. It also offers you significant financial benefits. It can provide up to $64,000 in total compensation through full-time summer and part time school year employment for Cadets who complete the Police Cadet Program. The Housing Bureau Cadet Program, candidates should be a NYC Housing Authority resident (preferred) with a minimum of 15 credits and carrying a minimum of 12 credits and a 2.0 GPA per semester. For more information call 212 – NY CADET 

Community Affairs

Community Affairs (212) 375-9371

Community Affairs Officer: Detective Geneva Anderson
Community Affairs Officer: Police Officer Harlyn De Los Santos
Law Enforcement Explorer
Coordinator: Police Officer Tiffany Bruce
Auxiliary Coordinator: Police Officer Rafael Peralta

PSA 4 Community Council President: Mary Baez

The Community Council meeting is held on the 3rd Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in PSA 4 which is located at 130 Avenue C New York, NY 10009. No meetings are held in July and August.

Telephone Directory

POLICE SERVICE AREA (212) 375-9360
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (212) 375-9371
CRIME PREVENTION (212) 375-9371
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (212) 375-9369
YOUTH OFFICER (212) 375-9399

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