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Housing Bureau | Police Service Area 5


 Commanding Officer: Captain Erik D. Hernandez


The New Police Service Area #5 is located at 221 E. 123rd Street (between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave) NY, NY, 10029. The new command was opened on January 11, 2000. The PSA polices New York City Housing Developments in the 23rd, 25th and 28th New York City Police Precincts.

Commanding Officer's Message

While working in partnership with the residents and NYCHA staff we have reduced crime this past year. My main goal has been to reduce drug dealing in the developments. The majority of problems in public housing are directly related to drugs.

One or two apartments in a building that are involved with drugs can ruin that particular building. Our monthly Community Council, Resident Association and Manager meetings help us in our mission to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for all residents of PSA 5. 


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. The Police Cadet Program is a PAID internship 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) 860-3179

Community Affairs Officer: Police Officer Kamari Jackson
Community Affairs Officer: Police Officer Angel Lujan
Law Enforcement Explorer
Coordinator: Police Officer Wanda Perez
Auxiliary Coordinator: Police Officer Wanda Perez

PSA 5 Community Council President: Carmen Perez

The Community Council meeting is held on the last Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in PSA 5 located at 221 east 123rd Street New York, N.Y. 100035. No meetings are held in July and August.

Telephone Directory

POLICE SERVICE AREA (212) 860-1212
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (212) 860-3179
CRIME PREVENTION (212) 996-8841
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (212) 996-8308

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