Cops team up with BX community to clean up graffiti

Police officers from the 49th Precinct are teaming up with Bronx residents to clean up graffiti.

The precinct has launched an anti-graffiti initiative to battle the problem along Eastchester Road and other streets.

"We're just trying to preserve the quality of life of this community," said Officer Victor DiPierro. "Kids are [also] getting the message that graffiti won't be tolerated in this precinct through arrests that have been made."

Residents said they're more than happy to help.

"Any individual that can even think of putting graffiti on a church has no shame whatsoever," said volunteer Mark Anthony Mellone. "So this is something I'd like to help clean up."

The precinct plans to paint more than 30 sites each week.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."