49th Precinct Holds Toy Giveaway at Precinct House.

49th Precinct Holds Toy Giveaway at Precinct House.

By Robert Press

It was a cold Tuesday afternoon outside the 49th Precinct on Eastchester Road, but inside there was plenty of warmth and smiles from the police officers, and children who got to see Santa Claus and received a toy for Christmas. The children also received a cookie and cup of hot cocoa, while there was coffee for the adults. 

On hand was Deputy Inspector Andrew Natiw who is still the commanding officer at the 49th Precinct, as it was rumored he would be moved to a different position in the department. He said there is a freeze on moving anyone until after the new mayor and police commissioner are installed so they can make the changes. Deputy Inspector Natiw has been at the 49th Precinct for almost three years and has done an excellent job of making the 49 one of the safest precincts in the city. Captain Despat was introduced as the new Executive Officer, who has been at the 49th Precinct for three months now, and is making a towering presence as he is the tallest officer at the 49th Precinct. 

New 49th Precinct Executive Officer Captain Despat (left), Deputy Inspector Natiw, Officer Fernandez and some of the Explorers who helped on the toy giveaway.

The Explorers helped give out the toys with Officer Fernandez.

Captain Despat got right into it by posing with this family and Santa.


Another family poses with Santa holding the toys they received.

Violet here, stole the show sitting on Santa’s lap holding her toy she received.


After Violet, Officer Fernandez had to sit on Santa’s lap.


Not to be outdone, Community Affairs officer Graham had to sit on Santa’s lap. 

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