The "Asian" precinct
From The World Journal
December 29, 2003

According to the New York City Police Department, the 109th Precinct in Flushing, Queens, is the number one precinct with the largest Asian population among the city's 123 precincts.

The precinct topped the list with more than 120,000 Asian residents within its command. NYPD officials said the statistics helps them get a better understanding of different communities so that they can provide better service according to their individual characteristics.

Following the 109th Precinct, the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst took the second with more than 110,000 Asian residents, while the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights took the third with 100,000 Asian residents. The 114th Precinct, which covers Astoria and Woodside, came in fourth.

From number 5 to number 7, the 67th, 62nd, and 70th Precincts in southern Brooklyn filled the spots with 80,000 to 90,000 Asian residents. The 108th Precinct in Queens Village ranked 8th while the 61st Precinct in Coney Island took the number 9 spot, both with more than 70,000 Asians. The 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill, Queens ranked the 10th.

However, an interesting fact about the statistics is that the Fifth Precinct, which oversees Chinatown, did not make it into the top 10.

According to police officials, each of the precincts in Manhattan generally covers a much smaller area. The 109th Precinct's coverage is 14 times the size of the Fifth Precinct's territory. Although the area has a high concentration of Asian residents, the total number is still less than that of the 109th Precinct.

The statistics also showed the breakdown of origins of these residents. In Flushing, 55,000 people are from China, 2,200 are from Hong Kong, while 3,000 are from Taiwan. In Chinatown, 25,000 people are from China, 1,800 are from Hog Kong, and only 206 are from Taiwan. The statistics is based on the 2000 Census and does not include illegal immigrants.

Chia-ho Liu, an officer with the NYPD's community affairs division, said those numbers enable them to better serve the community and use their resources more effectively. For example, officers who speak Asian languages are assigned to neighborhoods with large Asian population to better assist the Asian residents.

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Translated from Chinese by Larry Tung

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