Upper East Side Residents Help Protect Their Neighborhoods

Upper East Side Residents Help Protect Their Neighborhoods

Bell Atlantic Mobile Donates Wireless Phones to New Community Watch Group

October 7, 1997

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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.