At last week's, August 30, police commissioners meeting, Captian Mineo explained why the Port Washington Police Department (PWPD) had appeared to take 20 minutes to respond to a [ -- p.m.] call [on June 6] from a woman on Bogart Avenue. The PWPD had actually started to search for the youths within --- minutes. A series of bizarre incidents that took place at the same time, however, prevented the police from responding to the woman right away.
The delay had been cited [sp] as part of a complaint made by the woman's fellow Bogart Avenue resident, Dan Donatelli, at the previous police commissioners meeting on July 14. Because Port police usually respond to a call within minutes, Mr. Donatelli had asked if one of the commissioners had requested the delay to punish the Bogart resident for opposing the Vista Trail, proposed by the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. The Bogart resident had called to report that several youths had run across her lawn to illegally access the bluffs overlooking the new Harbor Links Golf Course.
Captain Mineo first of all explained that the woman had neglected to give her telephone number when she called, and that the officer on desk duty that afternoon had likewise neglected to ask for her number. Since she only reported seeing the youths and did not compllain of any personal harm, department policy would not require a police officer to report back to her anyway, although the officer might as a courtesy.
That [afternoon] the officers on duty didn't have time for courtesies, however. Right after the Bogart woman's call, the PWPD received a report of a fight on Old Hills Lane. This incident required priority attention; so officers were dispatched to that site immediately.
Meanwhile, the desk officer received a second call about the youths on Bogart Avenue. Police officers therefore rushed to Bar Beach Road, where they logicaly expected the youths would try to exit. The youths didn't exit, however; so a patrol unit went onto the bluffs in search of them. The first people they located, however, were adults, led by Port resident and Town employee, Warren Schein.
Finally, several youths were located, but none of them had blood on their heads. [They appeared to have been in somekind of fight, but they all refused to comment.]
Then the desk officer received a complaint that a man had been seen exposing himself . . .
Even though PWPD protocol doesn't require it, Police Commissioner Jim Duncan recommended that Captain Mineo contact the woman on Bogart Avenue, just to let her know "that we do care."