Upper East Side Residents Help Protect Their Neighborhoods
Bell Atlantic Mobile Donates Wireless Phones to New Community Watch Group
October 7, 1997
Bell Atlantic Mobile
NYPD Press Operations
19th Precinct have a new partner in their efforts to protect their
neighborhood. Bell Atlantic Mobile, one of the area's newest
residents with a Communications Store at Third Avenue and E. 73rd St.,
is arming the Upper East Side Civilian Observation Patrol with 10
wireless phones that will summon police at the touch of a button.
Company representatives will meet with NYPD Deputy Commissioner of
Community Affairs Yolanda Jimenez, Assistant Chief Nicholas Estavillo,
Inspector Joanne Jaffee and members of the newly formed neighborhood
watch group this evening at the 19th Precinct headquarters where new
members will be trained to assist police and instructed in the use of
the wireless phones. The gathering is part of the NYPD's ongoing Crime
Prevention Month activities aimed at creating safer neighborhoods.
Deputy Commissioner Jimenez said Bell Atlantic Mobile approached the
NYPD recently and offered the specially programmed 9-1-1 wireless
phones to help in the neighborhood's crime watch.
"Police Commissioner Safir and I are committed to our city's Civilian
Observation Patrol programs, and recognize the importance of
public-private partnerships in furthering our city's reduction in
crime," Jimenez said. "Bell Atlantic Mobile's donation of wireless
phones provides another measure for fighting crime and improving safety
in our communities. With instant access to police assistance wherever
it's needed, community patrol members are equipped with what they need
to make a difference for residents."
Local Bell Atlantic Mobile Store Manager Olga Shlimoun said the phones
are being donated as part of the company's "Wireless At Work"
community service program.
"With the opening of our new Communications Store, we became members
of this neighborhood and want to do our part to make it safe," she
said. "We're proud to support these community volunteers as they
patrol their streets and provide a critical service for all of us."
Bell Atlantic Mobile, during the past year, has donated more than 300
wireless phones in the New York metro area to victims of domestic
violence, school crossing guards and other neighborhood watch groups.
Bell Atlantic Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the
East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The company
owns and operates the most extensive network in the East, covering
111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of wireless retail outlets
offering a full range of wireless personal communications services,
including voice, data, and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell
Atlantic Mobile has more than five million customers and 7,000
employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a
separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company is the chief
wireless subsidiary of the new Bell Atlantic, formed through the
merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX corporations.