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Police union's moving its base to Normandy

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The Far North­east is go­ing to be blu­er.

John McNesby, pres­id­ent of the Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5, told mem­bers of the Mill­brook Civic As­so­ci­ation that with the uni­on mov­ing its headquar­ters from Cen­ter City to an old IRS build­ing just off Comly Road and the Po­lice De­part­ment tak­ing over the old Re­serve Cen­ter on Wood­haven Road, a lot more po­lice of­ficers are go­ing to travel to the North­east.

“You’re go­ing to have more po­lice up here than any­where in the city,” he said.

That should make res­id­ents feel safer. Hav­ing the FOP’s HQ and the city’s new train­ing fa­cil­ity in the North­east is a con­veni­ence for of­ficers, too.

“Sixty-eight per­cent of our mem­bers live up here,” McNesby said dur­ing the civic group’s March 27 meet­ing in the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation on Deer­path Lane.

The uni­on lead­er, who also is a Mill­brook res­id­ent, told res­id­ents to ex­pect a lot from the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict’s new com­mand­er, Capt. Le­onard Ditch­kof­sky.

“He’s a good guy, and he knows crime,” McNesby said. “He knows how to find it … and he knows how to ag­gress­ively stop it.”

Those com­ments drew some ap­plause from the small crowd in at­tend­ance last week.

“People will no­tice a change,” he ad­ded. “You’re go­ing to see re­sponse time quick­en.”

Polit­ics was on McNesby’s agenda, too.

He made a pitch for Ed Neilson, the Demo­crat run­ning to re­place Den­nis O’Bri­en in the 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict in an April 24 spe­cial elec­tion. McNesby said he liked Re­pub­lic­an Dave Kralle, a long­time O’Bri­en aide, but said he felt Neilson would be a bet­ter ad­voc­ate for po­lice in­terests.

In oth­er busi­ness, Town Watch mem­bers Ken Grow and Mike Lamb said they re­cently com­pleted train­ing. They ad­ded that they will set up a Face­book page for the loc­al Watch group that they’ve been work­ing hard to re­in­vig­or­ate.

Re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary Mike Brem­ser said the civic as­so­ci­ation will not meet on April 24 be­cause it is Elec­tion Day. In­stead, mem­bers will gath­er at week earli­er, at 7 p.m. on Tues­day, April 17, at the Cal­vary A.A. ••

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