New York City Police Department

Housing Bureau | Police Service Area 7
Commanding Officer

 Captain James J. Franzo

Police Service Area #7 is located at 737 Melrose Avenue, between East 155 and East 156 Street, in the South Bronx. The PSA patrols the New York City Housing Developments in the confines of the 40th and 42nd New York City Police Precincts.

Commanding Officer's Message

As Commanding Officer of Police Service Area #7, and on behalf of all the members of this command, I welcome you to our website. I have been assigned as the Commanding Officer of P.S.A.#7 since December of 2006 and look forward to continuing the commands mission of crime reduction and the improvement of overall quality of life within the housing developments that we serve. I have been a member of the New York City Police Department since June of 1995 and have worked in the following commands: 81st Precinct, 44th Precinct, Manhattan Warrant Squad, 17th Precinct, PSA 3, Housing Bureau Brooklyn IRT.

Our mission is to continue to provide the safest environment for our residents, their guests and those conducting business within our developments. We strive to accomplish this by continuing to build upon our existing partnerships involving the residents of the developments, the New York City Housing Authority (N.Y.C.H.A.) and all of the hard working uniformed and civilian members of the command.

I will continue to implement strategic deployment of my officers in a continuing effort to combat violent crimes, narcotic sales and usage, and quality of life issues. In order for us to maintain our success with crime reduction and the improvement of quality of life we will need the help of the residents and community leaders. Communication with community members is a key to continued success. It is imperative that your concerns and problems are brought to my attention, in order for them to be addressed in an expeditious manner. All of the men and women working in P.S.A. #7 will remain vigilant in their efforts to ensure a safe and secure community for everyone. 


Programs/Initiatives

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

The Police Service Area 7 Community Affairs Unit is staffed by Police Officer Angel Irizarry and Police Officer Randy Brown. They are responsible for working as liaison between the Police Department and the Community it serves. They interact with the Community Boards, various Tenant Associations and Tenant Patrols.

PSA 7 Community Affairs - 718-292-2042

PSA Community Council President: Joanne Smitherman

The Community Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 P.M. at PSA7, 737 Melrose Avenue, Bronx, NY.


Telephone Directory

POLICE SERVICE AREA (718) 292-6161
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (718) 292-2042
COMPLAINT ROOM (718) 292-1153
CRIME PREVENTION (718) 292-2042
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (718) 292-3909/3603
YOUTH OFFICER (718) 402-1722
AUXILIARY COORDINATOR (718) 292-7287


Related Links

Housing Bureau