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Meet the 111th Precinct's New Captain

Jason Huerta talks to Patch about his 21-year career with the NYPD and areas of focus for northeast Queens.

For more than 20 years, Jason Huerta has been working to keep the city’s subways and streets safe. Earlier this month, he took the reigns as the 111th Precinct’s new captain.

Huerta, 41, grew up a few blocks away from Queens College in Flushing and attended Parsons Junior High School.

In the late 1980s, a friend told him that he was taking a test to join the New York City Police Department. Huerta, who was only 16 years old at the time, decided to join him.

“I always had a lot of respect for police officers, so I took the test,” he said. “I was called when I was 20.”

In 1991, he began his career as a city transit police officer, patrolling the subways.

Since then, he was worked in eight different commands, including 14 years in Brooklyn and Richmond Hill’s 102nd Precinct.

In 2008, he was promoted to captain and worked at Long Island City’s 108th Precinct and Corona’s 110th Precinct before commanding the 110th and 115th Impact Zones out of Jackson Heights’ 115th Precinct for more than a year.

Earlier this month, he replaced Ron Leyson, who will take over as deputy inspector of the 110th Precinct.

Huerta said he is impressed with the commitment from residents in the 111th Precinct to keeping their neighborhoods safe.

“People seem to be very concerned with their communities here,” he said. “It’s refreshing. And crime is very low compared to other precincts in the city.”

Currently, Huerta’s priority for northeast Queens is to cut down on the number of car break-ins and burglaries, which tend to be the precinct’s top crime.

“Hand snatches of cell phones have become somewhat of an epidemic citywide with the new technology,” he said. “It’s desirable and profitable for criminals. There are professionals out there who will try to steal your iPhone on the subway or the street.”

He said he has been meeting with members of the community since arriving at the precinct. And he encourages local residents to attend the 111th’s community council meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at the precinct.

“The concerns of the community have been few,” he said of speaking to residents about issues specific to the precinct. “At our recent community council meeting, we were trying to get people to volunteer their concerns. It seems like we have a good working relationship with local civics and organizations. What I like about the 111th is we have the time and resources to follow up with people very quickly. If there’s a problem, we want to be on it right away.”

The 111th Precinct covers Douglaston, Bayside and Little Neck.

Arthur J caputo February 17, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Yea, right now, the areas of focus is sending out most of your patrol cars to give traffic tickets to the motorist who are naive to travel through the 111 th pct. on Northern bl,vd. Harrassing driver's with ripoff summons up and down Northern Blvd. I call it the silent ripoff. Our taxes aren't enough. I hope the new captain starts leaving us alone .. Fat chance! Increase revenues from the suckers . Increase the quota's I can't drive without seeing these vulture patrol cars, with their red lights,taking money from people. I call them the fundraisers for the city.
GDunn February 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Could not agree with Arthur more! It is amazing how many cop cars from the 111th you see in and around the Douglaston area giving out tickets. Not to mention the meter maids who seem to spend their entire day looping around the Manor looking for violations. Give it a rest!
GDunn February 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Over the past week the 111th has been handing out tickets to cards briefly parked with hazards on while unloading cars in the manor. I have lived here for over 30 years and have never ever had an issue with unloading a car. Plus, I got a ticket while parked on private property on Monday at 6am. I am amazed at how all of a sudden certain rules have changed or are being enforced in an attempt to bring in more ticket revenue for the precinct. Enough is Enough already!
Raul Torres February 29, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Put presure on the Mayor & Police Commsioner to stop these practices.
Doug Stevens March 01, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Hi Artie, I agree with you 100 percent (surprizingly). I'm just wondering though, is there any possible way you can find a reason to blame the Republicans and George Bush for this??? I'm just saying...Btw, I was out on Bell last Saturday and I ran into your old friend Nano Thermite, who apparently does lie, quite often. Cheers, DS 8==========)

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